Homophobic President of Gambia lost the election

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 27: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh speaks at the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 24, 2013 in New York City. Over 120 prime ministers, presidents and monarchs are gathering this week at the U.N. for the annual meeting. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Yahya Jammeh was not re-elected as a President of Gambia even though he had ruled the country for 22 years. Adama Barrow took 45.5% of the vote over Jammeh’s 36.7%, as he promised the country a “new Gambia.” Jammeh was notoriously anti-LGBT having previously threatened to violently kill all the gay people in his country

President elect Adama Barrow, who has seized the position from Jammeh, worked and studied in the UK for a few years before returning to his home country and setting up a property company. The 51-year-old has never held a public office position but has vowed to revive the country’s economy. Ahead of the election Jammeh cracked down on his political opponents as he banned international observers, post-election demonstrations and switched off the internet.

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