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.