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Jammeh concedes defeat in Gambia, deepens democracy in W/Africa

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Jammeh concedes defeat in Gambia, deepens democracy in W/Africa

Just like Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria, reports say that Yahya Jammeh of Gambia is set to concede defeat to the opposition in the just concluded presidential poll.

If he does, it will mark a silent revolution sweeping across West Africa as Yahya Jammeh joins the presidents of Nigeria and Benin Republic who have, in less than 2 years, willingly relinquished power to opposition candidates.

Jammeh has ruled Gambia for 22 years having climbed to power through a military coup in 1994. His rival at the just concluded polls was Adama Barrow who reportedly scored 263515 votes ahead of Jammeh who polled 212099.

There had been concerns that Jammeh would resist the results if they went against his expectations. He was regarded as a maverick who cast some sort of spell on his people claiming to possess spiritual healing powers for any form of disease.

The presidential poll in The Gambia will be remembered for the ingenious use of marbles in place of voters cards. Barrow has been described as a former business man.
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