Gambia gets new president after 22 years
Jammeh concedes defeat
Barrow’s emergence as leader expected to reduce unemployment, poverty rates
Gambia has a new president following Yaya Jammeh’s defeat at the polls on Friday. Adam Barrow, a 51 year old former bodyguard, trounced Jammeh with over 51,416 votes.
According to results announced by Gambia’s Electoral commission earlier today, Barrow had 263,515 votes while Jammeh had 212,099 votes. The election results came as rude shock to electoral observers world over due to Africa’s history of ‘sit-tight’ leaders. Jammeh ruled the Gambia for 22 years (two terms) since taking power in 1994.
Born in Basse, Gambia in 1965, Barrow is a man of humble beginnings. he worked as a security guard in London for a couple of years before returning to his homeland in 2006 to set up his own business. He led a powerful opposition against Jammeh, consisting of a coalition of 7 political parties.
His victory has been hailed on social media by Gambians and observers all over the world, with one saying that the defeat of Yahyah Jammeh ends the infallibility of “life presidents” in Africa. Barrow’s emergence as president is expected to tackle the nation’s high rates of unemployment and poverty.
Jammeh has since conceded defeat but at the time of filing this report, is yet to place a congratulatory call to Barrow.