- Title: Gambians celebrate voting out Jammeh as president
- Date: 2nd December 2016
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (Soce) BARROW SUPPORTER, AJA FATOU KANTEH, SAYING: "All Gambians are happy and their hearts are filled with joy. God has accepted our prayers. We are free and there was no violence. It's a great joy." VARIOUS OF SUPPORTERS CELEBRATING
- Embargoed: 17th December 2016 20:38
- Keywords: Banjul Gambia election Jammeh Barrow Kandeh
- Location: BANJUL, GAMBIA
- City: BANJUL, GAMBIA
- Country: Gambia
- Reuters ID: LVA0035B713RB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Businessman Adama Barrow was declared president-elect of Gambia on Friday (December 2), ending over two decades of rule by Yahya Jammeh, a feared authoritarian who once said he would rule the tiny riverside West African nation for "a billion years".
Gambians are now looking to the man nicknamed "no drama Adama" because of his cool and calm demeanour to reverse 22 years under Jammeh's erratic rule that have hurt the economy and made the popular holiday destination a regional pariah.
Celebrations erupted in the streets of Banjul on Friday, with Barrow supporters gathering outside Barrow's house to celebrate the election victory, singing and dancing in the streets. Some waved the Gambian flag and opposition party signs.
Voting on Thursday against Jammeh, who has not been seen in public since the result was confirmed, was a rare show of defiance against a leader who has ruled by decree and who rights groups say crushes dissent by imprisoning and torturing opponents.
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