One of Africa’s longest serving Military-dictator-turned-civilian-president, Yahya Jammeh, has conceded defeated to his opponent, Adama Barrow, after the country’s electoral commission declared results of the presidential election held on Thursday.
“I will help him work towards the transition,” Mr Jammeh said on state TV on Friday evening, after speaking to the president-elect by telephone.
Yahya Jammeh was an authoritarian president who seized power in a bloodless coup from Gambia’s first post-independence president, Dauda Jawara, in 1984 and ruled for 22 years.
51-years-old Mr Barrow, who has never held political office, won Thursday’s election with 45.5% of the vote.
Hundreds of Gambians took to the streets to celebrate one of the biggest election upsets West Africa has ever seen.
Mr Jammeh, also 51, took power in a bloodless coup in 1994 and has ruled the country with an iron fist ever since.