The victory of Adama Barrow was announced this Sunday evening by the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission. According to the overall results announced, the incumbent president won with 53.2% of the vote.
According to the overall results announced, the incumbent president won with 458,519 (out of some 900,000 voters), or just over 53%. Far ahead of his main competitor and former mentor, Ousainou Darboe with 238 253 votes (27.7%).
Our special correspondent in Banjul, Charlotte Idrac went to the rally of supporters of the head of state, where the atmosphere is festive. A crowd has gathered in McCarthy Square near the presidential palace. A stage has been set up in the open air. Music, whistles, shouts of joy, dances: a long night of celebration is in store for the supporters of the outgoing president.
The wait for the results has been long, with partial figures being announced in dribs and drabs since Saturday night. The final results were finally announced around 9pm local time. Even before the official announcement of the overall results, Ousainou Darboe had issued a statement with two other candidates, Mammah Kandeh and Essa Mbaye Faal, denouncing the slow process and contesting the results already published, while calling on activists to remain calm. They said they were thinking about what to do next.
This victory of Adama Barrow reappoints him for a second term after his surprise accession to power in 2016. Gambians voted Saturday in this one-round election, a political test for this young democracy holding its first multiparty election since the fall of Yahya Jammeh.
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