Gambian longtime dictator has lost the country’s December, 1st 2016 Presidential elections to Adama Barrow, a Real Estate businessman, who was backed by seven opposition parties. Mr. Barrow captured 43.9% of the total votes cast, whilst incumbent dictator Jammeh got 40.4% votes. Mama Kandeh, of the newly formed political party—The Gambia Democratic Congress Party GDC got 15.7% votes.

Dictator Jammeh, who was seeking a fifth term mandate grossly under-performed in key racing regions. Mr. Jammeh is yet to concede defeat.

The Chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission Alieu Mamar Njie is expected to officially announce Adama Barrow as the winner of the elections in coming hours. There is a jubilant mood in Banjul. 

Mr. Jammeh came to power in July of 1994, through in a coup. Jammeh has been ruling The Gambia with an iron fist. His regime has finally fallen. 

Mr. Jammeh lost the elections partly due to one of his party members Mama Kandeh, Mr. Kandeh was expelled from the APRC. He later set up a party to oppose Jammeh in the Presidential elections. Mr. Kandeh’s support base came from Jammeh’s party. Jammeh’s supporters defected to Kandeh’s GDC.

Written By Pa Nderry M’Bai

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