Gambians await presidential result as Barrow seeks second term

Incumbent Adama Barrow is showing an early advantage as Gambians wait to find out the winner of their first presidential election since former strongman Yahya Jammeh fled into exile.

Results from some 15 of the country’s 53 electoral districts have been published online by the state broadcaster since polls closed at 17:00 GMT on Saturday.

Al Jazeera’s Ahmed Idris, reporting from the capital Banjul, says more results are expected in the coming hours.

“Before the end of the day, we will know the winner. A simple majority is enough for any of the six candidates to win,” Idris said.

The election is being closely watched as a test of the democratic transition in The Gambia, where Jammeh ruled for 22 years after seizing power in a bloodless coup in 1994.

Jammeh was forced into exile in Equatorial Guinea in January 2017 after Adama Barrow, then a relative unknown, defeated him at the ballot box.

Barrow, 56, faces five challengers in his re-election bid.




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