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Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh Rejects Election Results

The fate of the presidency in Gambia took a peculiar turn on Friday night when the longtime incumbent, Mr. Yahya Jammeh appeared on state TV to announce that he was rejecting the results of last week’s Presidential election that ousted him. He also called for new elections to be conducted.

Seated in front of microphones and between 2 flags, President Yahya Jammeh rattled off accusations of voter irregularities, from to missing numbers to transposed numbers in tabulations that he said left in question the results of the election that handed the presidency to Adama Barrow.

He said, “I hereby reject the results in totality,”

“I will not accept the results.” he added.

Mr. Jammeh who has been in office for 22 years said he wanted “fresh and transparent elections, which will be officiated by a God-fearing and independent electoral commission.”

He first came to power during a coup.

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