Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Rejects Election Result One Week After Conceding Defeat

By Ikenga Chronicles December 10, 2016

The ousted Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has on Friday shocked the world by rejecting the outcome of the presidential elections one week after conceding defeat to the opposition leader, Adama Barrow.

Adama Barrow had won last week’s election with more than 45 per cent of the vote cast.

While speaking on state Television, Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections.

“After a thorough investigation, I have decided to reject the outcome of the recent election.”

“I lament serious and unacceptable abnormalities which have reportedly transpired during the electoral process.”

“I recommend fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a God-fearing and independent electoral commission.”

Yahya Jammeh appeared on state TV brandishing a document supposedly proving irregularities when the votes were tallied last week.

But in a swift reaction, the U.S condemned Jammeh’s statement.

“This action is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately” said State Department spokesman Mark Tone.

Also, the government in neighbouring Senegal condemned the move and called for an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council.

Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye, speaking on national television, urged President Jammeh to respect the election result.

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