Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s long-time ruler, has lost the presidential election to the opposition leader, according to the electoral commission.
Adama Barrow’s victory in the West African country may bring to an end Jammeh’s 22-year rule.
Jammeh, who came to power in 1994 as a 29-year-old army officer following a military coup, had won four previous polls.
Adama received 263,515 votes while Jammeh won 212,099, Alieu Momarr Njai, the electoral commission head, announced in the capital Banjul on Friday.
“Having received 263,515 votes of the total votes cast in the election, I hereby declare Adama Barrow duly elected to serve as president of the Republic of Gambia,” Njai said.
Barrow told Reuters news agency by telephone on Friday he was expecting a phone call from Jammeh conceding defeat.
Defeat and a concession from Jammeh would be momentous.