Adama Barrow, president-elect of The Gambia, has called on Yahya Jammeh to accept the outcome of last week’s election after the incumbent overturned the result in a sudden political U-turn.
Jammeh, who has ruled the West African country for 22 years, conceded defeat in a public address last week, but rejected the outcome early on Saturday citing “abnormalities” with the electoral process.
Changing his position on the election results, Jammeh 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.”
Barrow said that Jammeh had no constitutional right to reject the results and appealed to him “to facilitate a smooth transfer of executive power”.
“I urge him to change his current position and accept the verdict of the people in good faith for the sake of the Gambia our homeland.”
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