Gambia President- Elect Still in Waiting.

 

Adama Barrow Gambia President-Elect

Adama Barrow, a successful property developer who has never held public office, is still in limbo after his a shock victory in The Gambia’s elections. 

Mr Barrow’s opponent Yahya Jammeh, had ruled the country for more than two decades.  Before the 51-year-old was chosen in September as the candidate to represent seven Gambian opposition parties at the election, he had spent 10 years working in property, having started his own estate agency in 2006.

In the early 2000s, he lived in the UK for several years, where he reportedly worked as a security guard at the Argos catalogue store in north London, while studying for his real estate qualifications.

Electoral Chief in Hiding. 

There are unconfirmed reports that Alieu Momar Njai, who announced Yahya Jammeh’s defeat in the polls last month, has fled the country.  The Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) chief has gone into hiding, his family has told the BBC.

President Jammeh initially accepted defeat, but then changed his mind and is now refusing to step down. Security forces took over the headquarters of the electoral commission shortly afterwards. Mr Njai’s son did not confirm whether his father had left the country, but said that he hoped and prayed that he was “in safe hands.”

Three private radio stations have been taken off air in the country since Sunday, in the first sign of a media crackdown since the president’s election defeat. Diplomatic efforts to convince Mr Jammeh to accept defeat have so far proved unsuccessful.

The West African regional bloc Ecowas, which has been leading these efforts, has threatened sanctions against Mr Jammeh if he does not step down.

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