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Gambian Presidential Election: President Yahya Jammeh concedes defeat

Yahya Jammeh
Yahya Jammeh

Reports emerging from the Gambia, indicates opposition candidate Adama Barrow was in the lead after almost 75 per cent of votes had been counted in Gambian presidential voting, threatening President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year-rule, the electoral commission said on Friday.

President Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia for 22 years is said to have conceded defeat, reports the UK Telegraph.

“It’s really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat,” The chairman of the electoral commission, Alieu Momar Njie, told reporters ahead of the release of the results of Thursday’s presidential election.

Gambian state television told AFP that the 51-year-old head of state, who seized power in a coup in 1994, would make a statement later in the day to congratulate Barrow.

Jammeh was running for a fifth term with his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), while Barrow ran for eight political groups who united for the first time to field a single candidate.

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