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Gambia: Re-election for President Barrow


The small West African country of Gambia has voted - and confirmed incumbent Adama Barrow as president. The vote was seen as a test for Gambia's young democracy.

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Old and new President of the Gambia: Adama Barrow


In the presidential election in Gambia, incumbent Adama Barrow won a clear victory.

As announced by the electoral commission, he got around 457,500 votes after the end of the count.

With a clear gap, Ousainou Darboe follows in second place with around 238,000 votes.

The vote is seen as a test for the four-year-old 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 in the north, east and south on the francophone Senegal 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.

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

atb / dpa

Source: spiegel

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