In a bizarre turn of events, out-going Gambian president Yahya Jammeh has rejected the results of the election.
The same election he already conceded last week and then congratulated his opponent for winning.
The anti-LGBTI dictator, who once infamously said he would ‘slit the throats’ of gays has cited ‘abnormalities’ in the votes.
He has called for ‘fresh and transparent elections, which will be officiated by a God-fearing and independent electoral commission,’ reports the BBC.
The results of the election favored Adama Barrow with 43 per cent of the votes to Jammeh’s 39 per cent, with third-party candidate Mama Kandeh winning 17 per cent.
As a result of these recent developments, Jammeh has taken drastic actions.
Barrow has called for a peaceful transition of power and has denounced all attempts from Jammeh to hold new elections.
Barrow said: ‘The outgoing president has no constitutional authority to reject the results of the election and order for fresh elections to held,’ reports Jall of News.
‘I wish to call on all Gambians to go about their business. We have impressed the world for delivering a free, fair and credible elections,’ he said.
‘I urge him to change his current position and accept the verdict of the people in good faith for the sake of the Gambia our homeland whose people deserve to live in peace, freedom and prosperity,’ he said.
Jammeh said earlier this year: ‘If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.’
The 22-year presidential run of Jammeh has also produced a bill to ban all gay people, as well as disparaging comments like homosexuality is ‘social cancer’ and ‘gays are vermin that must be dealt with like mosquitos.‘