What’s Behind Jammeh’s Perplexing Decision to Accept Gambia’s Election Results?

Gambians celebrate the victory of opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow, Serrekunda, Gambia, Dec. 2, 2016 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).
Gambians celebrate the victory of opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow, Serrekunda, Gambia, Dec. 2, 2016 (AP photo by Jerome Delay).

In a surprise victory that shocked Gambians and foreigners alike, opposition candidate Adama Barrow defeated Gambia’s long-time dictator, Yahya Jammeh, in the country’s presidential election last Thursday. Initial reporting suggested that Barrow had won by 50,000 votes or more, which would have been a blowout victory in a country with roughly 1.8 million people. But the revised and final tally issued by Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission on Dec. 5 showed a much closer result: 227,708 votes for Barrow, 208,487 votes for Jammeh and 89,768 for third-party candidate Mamma Kandeh. It will take time before the structure of Barrow’s victory is […]

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