The election was supposed to be over in Gambia and even after President Yahya Jammeh acknowledged his loss and conceded to his opponent, nearly a week later Jammeh is now rejecting the results of the election based on “serious abnormalities.” “After a thorough investigation, I have decided to reject the outcome of the recent election. I lament serious and unacceptable abnormalities which have reportedly transpired during the electoral process,” Jammeh said, changing his position on the election results. “I recommend fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a God-fearing and independent electoral commission,” he told the press.
However, The African Union called Jammeh’s rejection of the results “null and void.” According to their stance, due to the fact that the President had already conceded to the numbers, his plea for a separate and independent review is unwarranted. Many Gambians were shocked to see the President concede so quickly after the election. This being the man who once said “he would rule for a billion years if God willed it.” But his short-lived honor of the popular vote was not long lived as he rejected the outcome and caused a bit of a stir for the current President-elect, Adama Barrow.
Barrow weighing in on the recent rejection stated, “It was already done so, and I am the president-elect,” Barrow said. “President Jammeh is the outgoing president. He is to hand over executive powers to me when his term expires in January.” Whether or not the Union will take any action on behalf of President Jammeh is yet to be determined, but all sources point to the fact that the decision is made, the President conceded, and Gambia has a new President.