Category Archives: Gâmbia

Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh confirms he will step down

Gambia's president has agreed to leave after weeks of refusal [File: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters]

Via African News

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh, who for weeks had refused to step down after losing the recent election, has confirmed that he has decided to relinquish power.The announcement came after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave. The elected  president  Adama Barrow was sworn in at Gambia’s embassy in Dakar in neighbouring Senegal on Thursday.

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Opposition candidate wins Gambian presidential election


via aljazeera

Yahya Jammeh, longtime ruler of The Gambia, has lost the presidential election to the opposition leader, according to the electoral commission. Adama Barrow’s victory in the West African country may bring to an end Jammeh’s 22-year rule. Jammeh, who came to power in 1994 as a 29-year-old army officer following a military coup, had won four previous polls. Barrow received 263,515 votes while Jammeh won 212,099, Alieu Momarr Njai, the electoral commission head, said in the capital Banjul on Friday.

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