Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Friday rejected the result of the election which he lost earlier this month.
Speaking on state TV, he said: "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."
"I want elections free from foreign influence, we will never be enslaved or colonized twice. Their invention will not change anything," he said.
Official election results from the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) gave Adama Barrow 45.5 percent of the vote against Jammeh's 36.7 percent.
Jammeh had conceded defeat and Barrow was getting set to take over in late January following a transition period.