Saturday, December 10, 2016

Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow reacts to Yahya Jammeh's poll rejection (VIDEO)

Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow on Saturday reacted to outgoing President Yahya Jammeh's rejection of election result.

During a press conference held at his residence, Barrow said: "The outgoing president has no constitutional authority to reject the result of the election and order for fresh election to be held. The IEC is the only competent authority to announce the result of election and declare a winner. It was already done so and I am now the president-elect."

"I wish to call on all Gambians to go about their business. You have impressed the world for delivering a free and fair and credible election. I am advising the supporters of the coalition to celebrate the victory with discipline and maturity and prepare themselves for inauguration in January," Mr. Barrow added.

"Let him know that leaders come and go. Sooner or later, I must also go. This is a fact that all of us must accept that all times we must act in the supreme interest of The Gambia. I urge him to change his current position and accept the verdict of the people in good fate for the sake of The Gambia our homeland whose people deserve peace and freedom and prosperity. Thank you," he concluded.

Jammeh on Friday called for another election in the tiny West African country after narrowly losing to opposition leader Adama Barrow. He had already conceded defeat publicly last week.

The announcement on state television threw Gambia’s future into doubt after the unexpected election result ended Jammeh’s 22-year rule and was widely seen as a moment of democratic hope.

The streets of Banjul were calm on Saturday, although some residents said they were staying at home for fear of violence.

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