Gambia

Adama Barrow defeats Yahya Jammeh to become new President


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Incumbent President Yahya Jammeh has lost the presidential election and conceded defeat to his main rival Adama Barrow who will become the country’s new president.

After previous elections where the vote appeared to be fixed in favour of the incumbent Jammeh who has ruled since 1994 this election has come as a surprise to most observers.

Adama Barrow secured 45.54% of the vote and 263,515 votes compared with Yahya Jammeh who took 212,099 votes and 36.6% of the vote. The only other candidate standing, Mamma Kandeh of the Gambia Democratic Congress took 102,969 votes and 17.8% of the vote.

Adama Barrow (51) received a scholarship from the Muslim High School before working for a firm called Alhagie Musa & Sons, working his way up to become sales manager. In the early 2000s he moved to London where he reportedly worked as a security guard in a chain of stores and used his earnings to gain a degree in Real Estate. In 2006 he returned to Gambia and set up a property development company, Majum Real Estate. Barrow went on to become the leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) but resigned earlier this year to be the candidate of the Independent Coalition of parties, a seven party coalition united in bringing down President Jammeh.

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