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Meet President-elect Adama Barrow, opposition leader set to unseat Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh after 22 years in power

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Adama Barrow, former presidential candidate of the United Democratic Party (UDP) and leader of Gambia’s opposition force, contested and won the most consequential Gambia elections in the past 51 years.

Head of the Electoral Commission revealed that the opposition candidate won the elections by a whopping 50,000 votes, with incumbent president Yahya Jammeh trailing behind him.

Here’s what you should know about Gambia’s President-elect:

  1. He was born in 1965, in a small village called Basse-eastern Gambia
  2. He moved to London and worked as a security guard trying to make ends meet at Argos, while he schooled
  3. Returned to Gambia as a businessman to set up his real estate company
  4. He was formerly the presidential candidate for the United Democratic Party (UDP), but resigned to become the flag bearer of the opposition party
  5. He promised to limit the powers of the presidency if he wins
  6. He has criticized the lack of a two-term limit in Gambia’s presidency
  7. He supports freedom of the press, independent judiciary  and condemns repressive regimes
  8. He has pledged to introduce a three-year transitional government made up of members of the opposition coalition if he wins

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