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#GambiaDecides: Yahya Jammeh accepts Defeat in Poll after 22-year-rule as IEC Declares Adama Barrow as Elected President



President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia

Gambia’s President, Yahya Jammeh, according to reports by The Associated Press (AP), has “accepted defeat” after 22 years in power.


Gambians on Thursday started lining up at polling stations to elect a president, in polls that for the first time posed a serious challenge to Jammeh’s rule.

The former army colonel, who came to power during a 1994 military coup and rules the Islamic Republic with an iron fist, ran for a fifth five-year term against two other candidates – Adama Barrow, who had the support of seven political parties and is popular with the nation’s largely unemployed youth, and Mama Kandeh, the leader of the Gambia Democratic Congress, the only opposition party that did not join forces with Barrow.

According to a Tweet by @GambiaDecides, the IEC, Gambia’s Electoral Commission, has declared Barrow as the elected candidate in the poll.


Barrow says he is expecting a phone call from Jammeh to congratulate him on his victory.

Adama Barrow

Adama Barrow

Jammeh had banned international calls and the internet as the country headed for the polls. However, both have been restored.



  1. Geraldine

    December 2, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Good news. Out Jammeh, in Barrow.

    • Mujer

      December 2, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      So, so so…… I hear the new president was his security guard. How much change is this really?

    • awa

      December 3, 2016 at 2:29 am

      No Mujer, he was never his security. He was working as a security guard in his younger years while hustling.

    • Goodgirl

      December 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm

      Mujer where did hear that,stop it

  2. EE

    December 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    GEJ leads, the others follow.

    • FasholasLover

      December 2, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      In my Waffi accent, Aar tink ehn?
      Who is that actress and co from Nigeria that went to support Jammeh? Nigerians spoiling our name since forever. How can you rule for 22 years? Na only you waka come?. On top of that, he wanted a fifth term. Haba, Africa which way? Is Mugabe still Alive?

    • o

      December 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      She me Nigerians supported him???

    • o

      December 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm

      Some** we really need an edit button oo

  3. A Real Nigerian

    December 2, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    I can’t believe this. This lunatic is finally out of power!

  4. Atreides

    December 2, 2016 at 3:39 pm

    When I read that calls and internet had been banned on account of this election, I though it was going to be another charade to keep Jammeh in power.
    I am pleasantly surprised.
    ¤side eyes at Mugabe¤

  5. tunmi

    December 2, 2016 at 3:41 pm

    Wow, this is definitely a change. I wish the best for Gambia

  6. goodgirl

    December 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm

    whaaaaaat??? unbelievable .let me check CNN

    • Ghanagirl

      December 2, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      CNN dont give a shit about Africa and whats going on there. They care about Trump.

  7. Ghanagirl

    December 2, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Next is my nation Ghana we cant wait to get the son of a bitch John Mahama and his corrupt mutherfckers out of office in 4 days time.

    Watch out for Ghana – Dec 7.

    Dec 7 should be our new indepedence day

    The tide and wind in Africa is finally blowing. Lets overthrow all corrupt leaders.

  8. That-I-May-Fly

    December 2, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    Wow! He really accepted defeat? Interesting day for Gambia!

  9. Anon

    December 2, 2016 at 6:53 pm

    Poor Nollywood ladies. Your paymaster general has been defeated.

  10. Darius

    December 2, 2016 at 6:54 pm

    African leaders are finally letting go of power. This man really dealt with his country men. There was a time he stopped Hiv/Aids patients from getting treatment because he claimed he could cure them with banana peels and leaves. He experimented with a lot of people( against their will). He must pay for his sins. The new trend is: govern your country badly, then when election is held and you lose, accept defeat, and you will be regarded as a champion of democracy. Robert Mugabe is next. I hate that man! He turned Zimbabwe, a once prosperous country, into a banana republic.

  11. Linda

    December 2, 2016 at 7:56 pm

    all the other nations with president staying on for decades like Equitorial Guinea, Zimbabwe, Cameroon etc should take note

  12. nwa nna

    December 3, 2016 at 1:46 am

    My Gambian folks, don’t rejoice too soon o.. There is more to this plot than meets the eye, Yahya Jammeh doesn’t come across to me as a man that will step aside without a plan B, C & D. Just my own observation

  13. Manny

    December 4, 2016 at 4:17 am

    What happened to Jammeh’s marabout?

  14. Abominable snow girl

    December 4, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    I hope the New President continues with the legacy of promotion of tourism as that is what Gambia is known for. ??

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