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Opposition Candidate, Barrow Wins Gambia Presidential Election


Gambia’s Electoral Commission said Friday that opposition coalition candidate, Adama Barrow, had taken 45.54 percent of the vote in a stunning victory over longtime President Yahya Jammeh.
Barrow won 263,515 votes, while Jammeh took 212,099 votes (36.66 percent) and third party candidate Mama Kendeh 102,969 votes (17.80 percent), the Independent Electoral Commission said.
President Jammeh has ruled Gambia for 22 years after taking power in a coup.
The controversial ruler of the small West African country is expected to concede defeat.
The Gambia’s Minister of External Affairs and the Head of the Police had already addressed the nation and called for calm, the BBC reports.

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