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Gambia's longtime ruler refuses to bow out, demands fresh polls

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, seen on December 3, 2016, had originally said he would accept the presidential election results showing his loss to opponent Adama BarrowGambia’s longtime leader Yahya Jammeh announced late Friday he would no longer accept defeat in recent elections, plunging the West African country into turmoil with a demand for fresh polls. Investigations into the December 1 vote have revealed a string of “unacceptable errors” on the part of electoral authorities, Jammeh said in a speech broadcast on state television, adding that he would no longer concede to opponent Adama Barrow. “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.

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