Gambian chief Yahya Jammeh has rejected the results of the presidential election held earlier this month, every week after admitting defeat.
He mentioned he now recommends recent and clear elections which shall be officiated by a God-fearing and impartial electoral fee
Talking on state TV, Mr Jammeh cited “abnormalities” within the vote and known as for contemporary elections.
Mr Jammeh, who got here to energy in a coup in 1994, suffered a shock defeat to Adama Barrow, who gained greater than forty five% of the vote.
The US “strongly condemned” Mr Jammeh’s assertion.
“This motion is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of religion with the individuals of The Gambia and an egregious try and undermine a reputable election course of and stay in energy illegitimately,” stated state division spokesman Mark Toner.
Mr Barrow, a property developer, is because of take workplace in late January. Mai Ahmad Fatty, the top of his transition workforce, instructed Reuters they have been “consulting on what to do”, including: “So far as we’re involved, the individuals have voted. We’ll keep peace and stability and never let anybody provoke us into violence.”
The Gambia is the smallest nation on mainland Africa, with a inhabitants of fewer than two million.
Mr Jammeh mentioned that he now rejected the outcomes of the election “in totality”.
“After an intensive investigation, I’ve determined to reject the end result of the current election,” Mr Jammeh stated.
“I lament critical and unacceptable abnormalities which have reportedly transpired throughout the electoral course of.
“I like to recommend recent and clear elections which shall be officiated by a God-fearing and unbiased electoral fee.”
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