Longtime strongman Yahya Jammeh has lost Gambia’s presidential election to businessman and political newcomer Adama Barrow. He is expected to make a concession speech later in the day.
In a shock result, Gambia’s 22-year president, Yahya Jammeh, will concede defeat to political newcomer Adama Barrow of the United Democratic Party, the head of the country’s electoral commission said Friday.
“It’s really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat,” Alieu Momar Njie told reporters ahead of the release of the results of Thursday’s presidential election.
Jammeh has staunchly held onto power for over two decades since he staged a military coup that ousted Dawda Jawara, who himself had been president since 1970, just five years after the country’s independence from Great Britain.
The longtime head of state, who represents the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction party, was expected to make a televised address later in the day.
Jammeh has been accused of massive human rights abuses during his rule.