President Jammeh rose to power in 1994 following a coup and has held on to power since then. Many expected him to cling to power after the election results terraced showed Barrow had more than 45% of the votes.
Instead, he called Barrow to concede defeat, saying in a televised phone call, “You are the elected president of The Gambia and I wish you all the best. I have no ill will”.
Jammeh has now backtracked on the concession, citing ‘abnormalities’ and is now calling for fresh elections.
“After a thorough investigation , I have decided to reject the outcome of the recent election,Jammeh” MoJammehsaid.
“I lament serious and unacceptable abnormalities which have reportedly transpired during the electoral process.