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Vol 57 No 25

Published 16th December 2016


Gambia at the cliff-edge

Jammeh made history twice: first by conceding defeat and then by changing his mind. Presidents are trying to talk him down

It would take a mere seven days for President Yahya Jammeh to pronounce the unthinkable and request the impossible. On 2 December, he appeared on television to tell a surprised world that he was conceding defeat by Adama Barrow in the previous day's presidential election. Then, a week later, he again went on TV to say he was annulling the election. On 13 December, security forces seized the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC).

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