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GAMBIA VOTE ENDS DICTATOR YAHYA JAMMEH 22-YEARS-RULE AND CRUSHED HIS HOPE OF 1BILLION MORE YEARS IN


Defeated dictator President Yahya Jammeh

How has incumbent President Jammeh reacted?

The incumbent president has asked his successor to set up a time to meet and organize the transition period.

President Yahya Jammeh, a devout Muslim, had once said he would rule for "one billion years" if "Allah willed it".

"It's really unique that someone who has been ruling this country for so long has accepted defeat," the electoral commission chief, Alieu Momar Njie, said on Friday

Businessman Adama Barrow says his shock win of the Gambian election heralds new hope for the country.

President Yahya Jammeh, an authoritarian president who ruled for 22 years, has confirmed he will step down.

"I will help him work towards the transition," Mr Jammeh said on state TV on Friday evening, after speaking to the president-elect by telephone.

Adama Barrow, 51, who has never held political office, won Thursday's election with 45.5% of the vote.

Hundreds of Gambians took to the streets to celebrate one of the biggest election upsets West Africa has ever seen.

President Jammeh, also 51, took power in a bloodless coup in 1994 and has ruled the country with an iron fist ever since.