>> I hereby announce to you Gambians, my total rejection of the electoral results and thereby, annulling the election.>> With those words, Gambia's President making clear he won't accept his defeat at the ballot box, leaving the West African country on edge. President Yaya Jammeh lost the presidential poll a week ago to opposition leader, Adama Barrow.
He initially conceded defeat.>> I hereby take this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Adama.>> With celebrations on the streets and hope for change after Jammeh's 22-year rule. His presidency faced accusations of human rights abuses including the alleged torture and killing of opponents. Now, Jammeh's change of heart over the election result has thrown the transition period into doubt amid concerns that some factions in the Army could refuse to swear allegiance to the new President.
Jammeh's call for fresh elections also prompting a swift international rebuke with the U.S. condemning the move in an overnight statement. As Barrow prepares to take up his post, Gambia waits nervously, hoping the new year will bring a peaceful transition to the new presidency.