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By Euronews
Gambian president rejects election result

<p>Having conceded defeat, the Gambian president now says that he rejects the outcome of this month’s election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow.</p> <p>Yahya Jammeh, who has been in power for 22 years, is calling for a fresh poll. </p> <p>Official results gave Barrow, a real estate developer who once worked as a security guard in London, a winning 45.5 percent of the vote. </p> <p>The unexpected outcome had been viewed as a moment of democratic hope.</p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">To my successor, congratulations-may today mark the beginning of your 20 year reign <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/GambiaDecides?src=hash">#GambiaDecides</a></p>— Yahya Jammeh (@YayhaJammeh) <a href="https://twitter.com/YayhaJammeh/status/804810259739066368">2 December 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <p>“In the same way that I accepted faithfully the results believing that the <span class="caps">IEC</span> (Independent Electoral Commission) was independent and honest and reliable, I hereby reject the results in totality,” said Jammeh.</p> <p>The challenge from Jammeh is an unexpected and major challenge for the West African country’s incoming administration, which was already grappling with how to take control.</p> <p>The US has condemned the move, saying it is an unacceptable breach of faith and an attempt to remain in power illegitimately. </p> <p>Jammeh’s government has been accused of detaining, torturing and killing opponents. His defeat sparked celebrations, but some had doubted that he would accept defeat. </p> <p>Barrow had been expected to take over in late January following a transition period. </p> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en-gb"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">In extremely worrying move Gambian President Jammeh has now rejected result of election.Our Gambian friends & colleagues need our solidarity</p>— John McDonnell MP (@johnmcdonnellMP) <a href="https://twitter.com/johnmcdonnellMP/status/807370745894567937">9 December 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>