April 18, 2024 00:09 (IST)
Follow us:
facebook-white sharing button
twitter-white sharing button
instagram-white sharing button
youtube-white sharing button
Bihar worker shot dead by terrorists in Kashmir's Anantnag | Centre hails former PM Manmohan Singh for liberating economy in 1991 | Mamata Banerjee's TMC manifesto promises 10 free LPG cylinders, 5 kg free ration, no CAA | Ram Navami: 'Surya Tilak' illuminates Ram Lalla idol's forehead in Ayodhya Ram Temple | Ram Navami: Pooja performed at Ayodhya's Ram Temple for first time since Ram Lalla's 'Pran Pratistha'
New Gambian President-elect hails shock win as 'new beginning'

New Gambian President-elect hails shock win as 'new beginning'

India Blooms News Service | | 03 Dec 2016, 02:29 pm
Banjul, Gambia, Dec 3 (IBNS): Property developer Adama Barrow, the new Gambian President-elect who registered a shock win over his opponents, said it's a new start for his country, media reports said.

Barrow, who had never held a political office in his career, defeated former Gambian President Yahya Jemmeh, who ruled for 22 years.

Visibly surprised with his win, Barrow as quoted by BBC said, "I am very, very, very happy. I'm excited that we win (sic) this election and from now hope starts."

The 51-year-old Barrow received 45.5 per cent of the total votes, followed by Jemmeh with 36.7 per cent and Mama Kendeh with 17.8 per cent.

Jemmeh's defeat is seen as the biggest upset in West Africa.

"I will help him work towards the transition," the former President said on state TV on Friday evening.

Jemmeh came to power in 1994 following a coup and ruled the county ever since.

His stance on several issues, including gay rights, riled several human rights groups, as they were deemed oppressive in nature.

In 2014, he had equated homosexuals with vermin and said they would receive a similar treatment from the government as would a malaria carrying mosquito.

 

image: TV Grab

Support Our Journalism

We cannot do without you.. your contribution supports unbiased journalism

IBNS is not driven by any ism- not wokeism, not racism, not skewed secularism, not hyper right-wing or left liberal ideals, nor by any hardline religious beliefs or hyper nationalism. We want to serve you good old objective news, as they are. We do not judge or preach. We let people decide for themselves. We only try to present factual and well-sourced news.

Support objective journalism for a small contribution.