Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Gambia's Surprise Election Result Suspended

It was a surprise that Gambia's President Jammeh wasn't able to stop the electoral commission from announcing he lost the election, and it was a huge surprise that he accepted the loss last Monday, so it wasn't a surprise at all that he changed his mind on Friday. Jammeh complains there were irregularities and called for another vote. No doubt there were irregularities, just not enough to get him the result he wanted.

Côte d'Ivoire's president in 2010 rejected the electoral defeat announced by the electoral commission, which resulted in two presidents holding inaugurations and return to civil war, but in Gambia the opposition isn't armed, so they are relying on hopes that ECOWAS will intervene.

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