Gambian President Backtracks, Rejects Election Results, Calls For Fresh Polls

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Gambian President Jammeh Rejects Election Results, Calls For Fresh, Transparent Polls

Barely one week after conceding defeat, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month.

Jammeh said he now recommends fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a God-fearing and independent electoral commission.

President Jammeh who spoke on a Gambian state television programme cited “abnormalities” in the vote.

He then called for fresh elections.

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Mr. Jammeh said that he has now rejected the results of the election “in totality”.

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Incumbent  president Jammeh said:

“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.”

Mr Jammeh, who came to power through a coup in 1994, suffered a shock defeat from UDP Presidential candidate, Adama Barrow.

President Jammeh Rejects Election Results, Calls For Re-run

Barrow defeated incumbent president Jammeh by a wide 45% margin in the polls which held on December 2.

The United States have “strongly condemned” Mr Jammeh’s statement.

State department spokesman, Mark Toner in a statement said:

“This action is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia.

“And an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately.”

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Barrow, a real estate developer is scheduled to be sworn into office later in January 2017.

Mai Ahmad Fatty, the head of his transition team, told Reuters they were “consulting on what to do.”

He added:

“As far as we are concerned, the people have voted.

“We will maintain peace and stability and not let anyone provoke us into violence.”

The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, with a population of fewer than two million.