Days after conceding defeat at the just concluded presidential election that held earlier this month, Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh has rejected the outcome of the election.
He said he now recommends fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a God-fearing and independent electoral commission
Speaking on the state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections.
Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994, suffered a shock defeat to Adama Barrow, who won more than 45% of the vote.
The US “strongly condemned” Mr 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 Toner.
Meanwhile, Mai Ahmad Fatty, the head of Mr. Barrow’s transition team who is due to resume office in January told Reuters:
We are consulting on what to do. As far as we are concerned, the people have voted. We will maintain peace and stability and not let anyone provoke us into violence.
Mr Jammeh said that he now rejects the results of the election “in totality”.
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.