President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power in January after poll defeat

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Gambia’s outgoing president Yahya Jammeh will hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow at the end of January following a transition period, the country’s communications minister said on Sunday.

Jammeh has ruled the small West African country for 22 years, and had pledged to remain in power for “a billion years.”

After losing to Barrow in last week’s election, Jammeh gracefully conceded defeat and promised to work together with the incoming president.

He urged all Gambians to remain peaceful and united.

In an interview, Information minister Sheriff Bojang said the ruling party will welcome Barrow’s coalition to take them through the transition.

“We are working on the transition now. They (Barrow’s coalition) will come and we will show them the ropes,” Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said in an interview.

“It will be the latter part of January,” Bojang said of the hand-over.

Yahya Jammeh is expected to meet Adama Barrow next week.