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Gambia leader Yahya Jammeh rejects election result

BBC/elbconline-Jos Garneo Cephas
Newly elected Gambian President, Adama Barrowa and outgoing  leader, Yahya Jammeh
Newly elected Gambian President, Adama Barrowa and outgoing leader, Yahya Jammeh

GAMBIA-The Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat.

Mr Jammeh cited "abnormalities" in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr Jammeh, who took power in a coup in 1994, was defeated by Adama Barrow, who won more than 43% of the vote.

Mr Barrow accused the incumbent of damaging democracy by refusing to accept the result. His transition team said the president-elect was safe.

The results were revised by the country's electoral commission on 5 December, when it emerged that the ballots for one area were added incorrectly, swelling Mr Barrow's vote.

The error, which also added votes to the other candidates, "has not changed the status quo" of the result, the commission said.
However, it narrowed Mr Barrow's margin of victory from 9% to 4%.

 


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