Presidential election in Gambia: Barrow remains in office

Status: 06.12.2021 02:03 a.m.

In the election for the head of state of the African country, the previous incumbent defended his post. According to the election commission, he landed in first place by a clear margin.

In the presidential election in Gambia, incumbent Adama Barrow won a clear victory. As the election commission announced on Sunday evening, after the count had ended, it had around 457,500 votes. With a clear gap, Ousainou Darboe follows in second place with a good 238,000 votes.

After the first interim results, which spoke for a win Barrow, Darboe had initially refused to admit his defeat in the afternoon.

Choice is considered a litmus test

The vote is considered a litmus test for the four years of young democracy in the small West African state. It was the first election without Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled dictatorially for many years as head of state. Jammeh was overthrown in 2016 by a coalition under the current President Barrow and sent into exile in Equatorial Guinea.

The English-speaking Gambia, a country about a quarter the size of Switzerland, borders on the French-speaking Senegal in the north, east and south and has a good two million inhabitants. According to the tables of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), it is one of the 20 poorest countries in the world.

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