Yahya Jammeh

(JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia is due to give a televise address to the nation few hours after he conceded defeat to president-elect Adama Barrow.

Mr. Jammeh, 51, has governed the Gambia since July 1994 and has won four previous elections.

But yesterday Gambians decided against giving him a fifth term and voted enthusiastically to Mr. Barrow also 51 who is heading a coalition of eight opposition parties.

According to the Gambia’s electoral commission (IEC), Mr. Jammeh secured 212099 of the general votes while Mr. Barrow captured 263515 votes.

Shortly after the final results were declared Mr. Jammeh is reported to have called Mr barrow and conceded defeat and has promised to respect the verdict of the Gambian people.

In tonight address to the nation, Mr Jammeh is expected to commend Gambians for the peaceful conduct of the election and to thank them for the loyalty and support they have shown to him and his government in the past 22 years.

Meanwhile, under the provision of the Gambian constitution Mr. Jammeh will see up the rest of his term until a new government is sworn in sixty days.