Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result of the election which saw him deposed as leader by a former Argos security guard a few weeks ago.
In an announcement on state TV, he said the electoral process had suffered “unacceptable abnormalities” and he called for a fresh vote after initially accepting the result.
“In the same way that I accepted the results faithfully believing that the Independent Electoral Commission was independent and honest and reliable, I hereby reject the results in totality,” he said in a statement broadcast on state television.
“Let me repeat: I will not accept the results based on what has happened,” he said, condemning “unacceptable errors” on the part of electoral authorities and calling for a new vote.
Mr Jammeh pointed to an accounting error, identified by the IEC, which awarded victory to his opponent Adama Barrow but with a slimmer margin than initially announced.
Mr Jammeh claimed “investigations” had revealed that numerous voters had not been able to cast their ballots.
“This is the most dubious election we ever had in the history of this country,” he said.
“We will go back to the polls because I want to make sure every Gambian votes under an electoral commission that is impartial, independent, neutral and free from foreign influence,” he said, adding that he would not tolerate any street protests over his decision.
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