Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, who lost to his opponent, Adams Barrow, in the presidential election held earlier this month has now refused to accept the result, claiming there were ‘abnormalities’ in the votes.
Jammeh, who has been the leader of The Gambia for 22 years after a successful coup in 1994, surprised everyone last week when he called the President-elect to wish him well.
However, just hours ago, Jammeh backtracked and is asking for a fresh election. In his words;
“After a thorough investigation, I have decided to reject the outcome of the recent election. I lament serious and unacceptable abnormalities which have reportedly transpired during the electoral process. I recommend fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a God-fearing and independent electoral commission.”
President-elect, Adams Barrow, is reportedly safe and Barrow’s spokesperson said the head of the army had pledged his allegiance to Barrow after the initial result. However, because of Jammeh’s reputation as a ruthless leader, there is tension amongst citizens of the nation who have been celebrating the result of the election.
Foreign nations have condemned Jammeh’s action, calling it an attempt to subvert the will of the Gambian