The outgoing Adama Barrow was declared, Sunday, December 5, the largely winner of the presidential election in The Gambia, a proclamation disputed by his opponents. He received more than 53% of the vote, against 27.7% for his main competitor Ousainou Darboe, according to the results released by the electoral commission. Commission chairman Alieu Momarr Njai told reporters Adama Barrow “Duly elected to serve as President of the Republic of The Gambia”.
→ CONTEXT. Gambia, the first presidential election after Yahya Jammeh
Five years ago, Adama Barrow, a former property developer now 56 years old and then almost unknown, defied the prognosis and beat the dictator Yahya Jammeh after more than twenty years of rule characterized by a multitude of atrocities committed by the State and its agents: assassinations, enforced disappearances, rapes, torture, etc. The 2021 presidential election is the first without Yahya Jammeh since 1996.
Results rejected by its competitors
Crowds of supporters marched part of the night amid a din of horns and horns in the streets of the capital. They danced on a vast esplanade and gave Adama Barrow a standing ovation when he spoke to them to endorse the victory. “With a great feeling of joy and humility”, and call them to “Respect” the voters of its competitors. The election, which was played on a round, was “Free, fair and transparent”, he assured.
But his opponents have said they dispute the results. “For the moment, we reject the results announced so far” by the commission, Ousainou Darboe told reporters, alongside two other of his competitors. “All the means of action are on the table”, he added, calling “All Gambians to remain calm and peaceful” the time that investigations are carried out. The representatives of these candidates present at the time of the counting operations mentioned “A number of problems”, he said.
Economic crisis and fate of Yahya Jammeh
Gambians flocked to voting booths on Saturday, December 4, for a turnout of around 87%, according to official results.
→ READ. Yahya Jammeh, the fall of the “king defying the rivers”
The fate of the former dictator Yahya Jammeh, the economic crisis as well as the consolidation of democracy were among the stakes of this election. Adama Barrow calls for the return of freedoms, the construction of roads and markets and the pacification of relations with the international community.