Outgoing President Barrow declared winner of presidential election in Gambia

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Gambian President Adama Barrow comfortably won re-election, the electoral commission said on Sunday, although he could face a legal challenge from opposition candidates who rejected the results due to unspecified irregularities .

Barrow received around 53% of the vote on Saturday, far surpassing his closest rival, political veteran Ousainou Darboe, who won around 28%.

The vote was the first in 27 years without disgraced former President Yahya Jammeh, who lives in exile in Equatorial Guinea after refusing to accept defeat to Barrow in 2016.

Jammeh, whose 22-year reign was characterized by killings and torture of political opponents, had tried to persuade his supporters to vote for an opposition coalition in telephone speeches that were relayed at campaign rallies.

Darboe and two other candidates, Mama Kandeh and Essa Mbye Faal, said they would not accept the results because the results took longer than expected and due to problems at the polling stations.

They did not provide details or evidence of wrongdoing.

(REUTERS)

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