Gambia’s Independent Electoral commission chair says opposition candidate Adama Barrow has won the country’s presidential election, defeating President Yahya Jammeh who led the country for more than two decades.
Alieu Momarr Njai said Friday that Barrow beat Jammeh in an upset victory over the president who had said his victory is all but assured with divine intervention.
Njai said Barrow received 263,515 votes, Jammeh received 212,099 and third candidate Mama Kandeh received 102,969.
He said: “Having received 263,515 I hereby declare Adama Barrow duly elected president of the Republic of Gambia for the next five years.”
Another report suggests that the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has called Alieu Momar Njai to accept defeat.
Njai said it was “very unique” that Jammeh would accept defeat after controlling Gambia for so long.
There was no immediate comment from Jammeh, who just days ago had said his victory was all but assured by Allah. Since coming to power in 1994, Jammeh has won a series of elections that were denounced by critics as rigged.
Jammeh is accused by rights groups of ordering the deaths of his political opponents, and his regime has also targeted journalists, and gays and lesbians.