BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has secured his re-election with a cushty margin over his opposition in a vote that set the bar for a brand new chapter within the small West African nation’s democracy.
Barrow gained about 53% of the vote in Saturday’s election, in response to outcomes from the Impartial Election Fee introduced Sunday. He simply beat out his fundamental contender Ousainou Darboe of the United Democratic Get together who obtained about 28% of the vote.
This was the nation’s first presidential election in many years that didn’t embrace former dictator Yahya Jammeh, who now lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea after shedding the 2016 election and refusing to just accept defeat.
The Chairman of the IEC, Alieu Mommar Njie, introduced the outcomes and prayed for peace to prevail within the nation of about 2.4 million individuals.
“I hereby declare Adama Barrow duly elected to function President of the Republic of The Gambia,” he mentioned, after indicating that the Nationwide Folks’s Get together (NPP) emerged victorious with 457,519 of the votes forged.
UDP’s Darboe was credited with 238,233 votes, and Mama Kandeh of the Gambia Ethical Congress get together got here in third with 105,902 votes, in response to outcomes introduced by the IEC.
Demba Sabally, who represented the NPP at Election Home, mentioned the presidential election was clear and honest.
“Gambia is the winner of this election,” he added.
The outcomes, nevertheless, have already been contested by 4 opposition leaders, together with Darboe and Kandeh, who on Sunday held a press briefing to problem the credibility of the vote. In accordance with an announcement from the events, they have been involved about an “inordinate delay” within the announcement of outcomes.
Campaigner Banka Manneh advised The Related Press that he wouldn’t deny the opposition leaders their rights to protest. However, he added, “They want present the proof of their claims. The courts are right here to settle dispute.”
1000’s of individuals stormed Westfield Youth Monument, situated within the coronary heart of Serrekunda, to rejoice Barrow’s reelection.
“President Barrow is a person of peace. We’ve to offer him an opportunity to proceed his improvement tasks,” Modou Ceesay, 36, a resident of New Jeshwang advised AP.
Fatou Faal of Kanifing advised the AP that Gambians did the “proper factor in giving Barrow an opportunity to finish the event tasks he initiated.”
Almost 860,000 Gambians got here to vote on Saturday, a excessive quantity that reveals a willpower for a lot of to train their democratic rights as calls for for justice within the post-Jammeh period rise.
Barrow emerged victorious in 2016 because the candidate for an opposition coalition that examined the 22-year rule of Jammeh. After initially agreeing to step down, Jammeh resisted, and a six-week disaster noticed neighboring West African nations put together to ship in troops to stage a army intervention. Jammeh was pressured into exile.
Jammeh’s two-decade rule was marked by arbitrary arrests, enforced disappearances and abstract executions that have been revealed by means of dramatic testimony throughout Reality, Reconciliation and Reparations Fee hearings that lasted for years.
The opposite week, the fee handed its 17-volume report back to President Barrow, urging him to make sure that perpetrators of human rights violations are prosecuted.
Barrow has vowed to struggle for justice for the victims.
AP writers Carley Petesch in Dakar, Senegal and Mustapha Jallow in Banjul, Gambia contributed.
Abdoulie John, The Related Press
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