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Gambia Decides: President Jammeh loses election to former security guard, Adama Barrow, after 22 years in power
- President Jammeh loses election to former security guard, Adama Barrow, after 22 years in power
Adama garnered who was a former security guard 263,515 votes while Jammeh won 212,090 votes, Alieu Momar Njie, head of electoral commission announced in the capital Banjul on Friday.
Barrow, a property developer, will become the county’s third head of state since independence in 1962. He once worked as a security guard at a branch of Argos in London.
Mr Jammeh, who came to power in 1994, as a 29-year-old army officer following a military has agreed to accept defeat later today, said Alieu Momarr Njie. A video of his speech has already been recorded and is being edited.
Before announcing the final result, Mr Njie appealed for calm as the country entered unchartered waters.
“It was very unique that Jammeh would accept defeat after controlling the Gambia for so long,” Njie said.
Jammeh had cut off the internet and international phone calls before the polls (read here). He also banned protests and refused to comment on whether he would concede if he lost.