December 14, 2016
It’s Last Call At Gambia’s Elections, But President Jammeh Won’t Leave
We were optimistic when President Yahya Jammeh initially conceded defeat to Adama Barrow… before he changed his mind. Several West African leaders have met with President Jammeh in hopes to persuade him to concede the election and finally step down after 22 years in power. But Jammeh doesn’t seem to catch the hint, and instead decided to send armed security forces to take over the headquarters of the electoral commission. Security forces seized the election headquarters around the same time that Jammeh’s ruling APRC party asked the Supreme Court to annul the election decisions, making it a highly convincing strategy. Still, Electoral Commissions Chief Alieu Momar Njai maintains that Barrow won with 43.3% of the vote.
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