President Yahya Jammeh the President of Gambia has officially lost as Adama Barrow is declared winner of the Presidential election.
Gambia’s electoral commission said Friday that opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow had taken 45.54 percent of the vote in a stunning victory over longtime President Yahya Jammeh, AFP reports.
The commission revealed that Barrow won 263,515 votes, while Jammeh took 212,099 votes (36.66 percent) and third party candidate Mama Kendeh 102,969 votes (17.80 percent), the Independent Electoral Commission said.
President Yahya Jammeh ruled The Gambia for 22 years before his defeat. He had earlier conceded defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow, the chairman of the electoral commission said on Friday, AFP said.
“It’s really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat,” Alieu Momar Njie Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission told reporters.
There is wild jubilation among the people of Gambia who are celebrating the landmark victory after being under the control of Jammeh who took power through a coup at the age of 29.