Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh says not so fast, just not so fast, I’m still here. Mr. Jammeh has rejected the result of the presidential election a week after conceding defeat to opposition candidate, Adama Barrow. Mr. Jammeh claims there were “abnormalities” in the voting.
After 22 years in power, in what has been widely described as a dictatorship regime, Mr. Jammeh is quite not ready to relinquish power. A week after congratulating Mr. Barrow for his victory, he said “I hereby announce to all Gambians my total rejection of the election results, and thereby annulling the election in its entirety and until we go back. We will go back to the polls because I want to make sure that every Gambian has voted.”
Many Gambians and international observers have suggested that this will dash the hope of democracy in a country that has been subject to two decades of dictatorship leadership under Jammeh. The tension is high in the Gambian now and it is not clear what directions Mr. Jammeh will eventually take.