Gambia electoral commissioner flees country

PUBLISHED: Tue, 03 Jan 2017 16:47:05 GMT

ACCRA (Reuters) – Gambia’s electoral commission chairman has fled the country because he received threats after declaring President Yahya Jammeh the loser of a Dec. 1 election, a family member and a colleague said on Tuesday.

It was not known where Alieu Momar Njai might have gone.

READ: Gambian security agents close radio stations amid post-election crisis

President-elect Adama Barrow won the vote and Jammeh conceded defeat but on Dec. 9 he said he would not step down – a change of heart that drew international condemnation.

(Writing by Matthew Mpoke Bigg; Editing by Louise Ireland)

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