DAKAR (Reuters) - The United States on Friday condemned a statement from Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh rejecting the result of a Dec. 1 election that spelled the end of his 22-year rule.
Jammeh had initially accepted the result and called his opponent Adama Barrow to concede defeat on state television.
“This action is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately,” said Mark Toner, deputy spokesman at the U.S. Department of State.
Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Lisa Shumaker
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