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From store guard to president

Gambians celebrate the victory of Adama Barrow against long-time president Yahya Jammeh in the streets of Serrekunda.
Gambians celebrate the victory of Adama Barrow against long-time president Yahya Jammeh in the streets of Serrekunda. Jerome Delay

A FORMER security guard for a retailer in London has become the new president of Gambia, ending the 22-year reign of his predecessor.

The African nation's outgoing president, Yahya Jammeh, has conceded defeat to Adama Barrow, 51, saying he would call him "to congratulate him and pray for peace and tranquillity”.

Mr Barrow, who had never held political office, lived in London in the early 2000s and worked at an Argos store. He is also a fan of Arsenal Football Club.

The election result sparked scenes of jubilation across the capital Banjul and the rest of the country.



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