The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has conceded defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow, the chairman of the independent electoral commission said Friday
Mr Jammeh, who has been in power for 22 years, faced estate agent Adama Barrow in Thursday’s presidential election.
Electoral commission chief Alieu Momar Njie said it was really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat before the final results.
Gambian state television told AFP that the 51-year-old head of state, who seized power in a coup in 1994, would make a statement later in the day to congratulate Barrow.
Jammeh was running for a fifth term with his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), while Barrow ran under the coalition of eight political groups who united for the first time to field a single candidate.