Adama Barrow has comfortably won a second term in The Gambia’s presidential election, with thousands of supporters celebrating and opponents disputing the results.
Barrow garnered 53 percent of the vote, according to results released by the electoral commission late on Sunday. His main challenger Ousainou Darboe won 27.7 percent.
Electoral commission chairman Alieu Momarr Njai declared Barrow the winner, announcing the final results to journalists hours after rival candidates had challenged partial results that gave the incumbent a commanding lead.
Crowds of Barrow’s supporters marched through the streets of the capital Banjul to a din of horns and danced on a vast esplanade.
Barrow received a standing ovation when he addressed them with “a great sense of joy and humility” and told them to respect those who voted for his opponents in a “free, fair and transparent election”.
“I will do all I can and utilise every resource at my disposal to make The Gambia a better place for us all,” he said.
Before the full results were announced, three of Barrow’s rivals had rejected partial results.