The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh Loses Re-election Bid, To Concede Defeat
Autocratic leader of The Gambia who once boasted that he would rule for a billion years has just lost the presidential election and conceded defeat.
Election winner, estate developer Adama Barrow, won with 45.5% of the vote to Jammeh’s 36.7%, while the third candidate, Mama Kandeh got 17.8%.
As soon as the electoral commission said that Jammeh had lost, internet, which had been shut down for 36 hours for “security” reasons, was restored and Gambians poured out into the street and social media. in jubilation and dancing.
Jammeh has led the country for over twenty years and was so certain of winning this election. Conceding defeat would be a big deal and a further good turn for African democracy.