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SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo has won the prestigious Ballon d’Or award for a fourth time.

Ronaldo, 31, helped Real Madrid win last season’s Champions League and scored three goals as Portugal won Euro 2016.

It adds to the titles he won in 2008, 2013 and 2014.

“I never thought in my mind that I would win the Golden Ball four times. I am pleased. I feel so proud and happy,” said Ronaldo.

“I have the opportunity to thank all of my team-mates, the national team, Real Madrid, all of the people and players who helped me to win this individual award.”

Ronaldo is now one behind Barcelona forward Lionel Messi, who received the honour in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015.

The former Manchester United forward has scored 19 goals in 20 games for club and country this term, to add to the 54 he got last season.

Ronaldo’s Real Madrid team-mate Gareth Bale finished sixth in the vote, while Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy – the only Englishman included on the 30-player shortlist – was eighth.

The Ballon d’Or is voted for by 173 journalists from around the world.

It has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956, but for the past six years it became the Fifa Ballon d’Or in association with world football’s governing body and was awarded to the world’s best player.

However, Fifa ended its association with the award in September.

Fifa will hand out its own prize for the world’s best men’s player, along with the best women’s player and team of the year, at the Best Fifa Football Awards ceremony in Zurich on 9 January.

Ronaldo was favourite to win the award after a stellar year for club and country.

But Messi had also been in superb form, helping Barcelona win La Liga last season as well as scoring 50 goals in 50 games in 2016.

He also played in the Copa America for Argentina this summer, scoring five goals, but missed a penalty in the final as Chile won the shootout 4-2.

He announced his international retirement following that defeat but reversed his decision in August.

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Popular money-doubling scheme, Mavrodi Mundial Moneybox (MMM), has placed one month ban on all withdrawals starting from Dec. 13.

A letter displayed on the page of participants of the scheme cited “heavy workload on system” as reason for the ban.

This means that members of the ponzi scheme who are due to withdraw both their capital and 30 percent return on investment will no longer be able to do so until sometime in January 2017.

According to the letter, the ban on withdrawals is partly due to negative reports by the media on the scheme.

The letter reads in part; “one-month freezing of confirmed Mavros.

“Dear members, as usual in the New Year season, the system is experiencing heavy workload. Moreover, it has to deal with the constant frenzy provoked by authorities in the mass media.

“The things are still going well; the participants feel calm; everyone gets paid – as you can see, there haven’t been any payment delays or other problems yet – but!..it is better to avoid taking risk, Moreover, there are just three weeks left to the New Year.

“On the basis of the above mentioned therefore, all confirmed Mavros will be frozen for a month.

“The reason for this measure is evident. We need to prevent any problems during the New Year and then, when everything calms down, this measure will be cancelled, which we will definitely do.

“We hope for your understanding, Administration.

A similar scenario played out in Zimbabwe and South Africa, where participants money were frozen for certain period, pausing the system, only to return with new adjustment in its terms, causing the scheme to crash.

Before this sudden turn of event, the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the Central bank of Nigeria (CBN) had warned Nigerians against participating in the scheme which it described as a “Ponzi”.

The House of Representatives had in October ordered an investigation into the operations of the scheme.

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: President Muhammadu Buhari, his Liberian and Ghanaian counterparts, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf and John Mahama, will on Tuesday, leave for Banjul to put diplomatic pressure on President Yahya Jammeh to transfer power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

The UN Security Council made the plan known while briefing newsmen after a closed-door meeting by the 15 members on the political situation in The Gambia.

Mr Juan Manuel De Linares, Deputy Permanent Representative of Spain, said the members of the council stood by their unanimous statement on Dec. 10 that Jammeh should commence the peaceful transfer of power to Barrow without further delay.

“A delegation by the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General to ECOWAS (Mohammed Ibn Chambas) and other ECOWAS and AU leaders will lead high-level delegation to Banjul tomorrow.

“The delegation will include the President of Nigeria (Buhari), Liberia (Johnson-Sirleaf), Ghana (Mahama). These are respected presidents in West Africa and Africa,” Linares said.

He, however, said that the council did not discuss any measure that would be taken should Jammeh refuse the entreaties.

“Our priority is to support the high-level visit tomorrow and ensure the mission succeeds,” he said.

He urged all parties in The Gambia to reject any form of violence and ensure peaceful transition of power in the West African country.

Amb. Ismael Martins, Permanent Representative of Angola to the UN, also disclosed that the high-level visit was an effort of the ECOWAS leaders.

“The purpose of the visit of the ECOWAS leaders is to keep everybody in agreement to arrive at transfer of power in accordance to the rules of AU and ECOWAS.

“There is a high-level delegation of Heads of State going to visit Gambia, comprising the President of Liberia as the Head of ECOWAS and other respected heads of state in the ECOWAS sub-region,” Martins said.

In a statement on Saturday, the Security Council “strongly condemned the outgoing Gambian president’s rejection of the official election results proclaimed by the country’s Independent Electoral Commission”.

The council asked Jammeh “to respect the choice of the sovereign people of Gambia, as he did on Dec. 2, and to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to the President-elect, Mr Adama Barrow”.

It also urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from violence and remain calm, and requested that the security of Barrow and that of all Gambians be fully ensured.

The council also urged support by the UN Office for West Africa and international partners, especially ECOWAS, to preserve stability in The Gambia and work toward the installation of a democratically elected government in the country.

The council commended The Gambian people for the peaceful and transparent conduct of elections on Dec. 2 and expressed commitment to continue to closely follow the evolution of the situation in the country.

The council recalled the relevant provisions of Article 23 (4) of the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

It further called on Jammeh to respect the ECOWAS Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, notably the rejection of unconstitutional change of government.

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: The President Muhammadu Buhari’s led federal government has presented a 10-point fiscal roadmap to reset the economy on the path of growth.

The Minister of Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun revealed the outline when she represented Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, at the annual dinner of the Lagos Business School.

Speaking at the session she said, “The Federal Government’s fiscal policy roadmap is addressing barriers to growth that will drive productivity, generate jobs and broaden wealth creating opportunities to achieve inclusive growth.”

According to her, ”Buhari administration is determined to convert Nigeria to a productive economy rather than one that is consumption driven. To do so, government would tackle the infrastructure deficit to unlock productivity, improve business competitiveness and create employment.

Adeosun stated that government would actively partner with the private sector to achieve this by the use of a number of new funding platforms.

These include the Road Trust Fund, which will develop potentially tollable roads, and the Family Homes Fund which is an ongoing PPP initiative for funding of affordable housing.

Adeosun assured that despite the current economic challenges facing the Nigerian economy, the outlook is positive due to the strong fundamentals of Nigeria and the ongoing reform programme.

She reiterated that Government is determined to create an enabling environment and put in place supportive policies to return to growth in 2017 including greater alignment of monetary and fiscal policies.

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SPONSORED BY CHIQUEMAGAZINE.COM: Keshinro Ololade, aka Lil Kesh, speaks about his career, relationship with Olamide and his new record label

Was it your childhood dream to become a music artiste?

I have pretty much been around music all my life, and the love for music has gotten me this far. My dad is a pastor and he owns a church. However, it’s not like I made a conscious decision to become an artiste; it grew on me untill I knew this was what I wanted to do. 

What was your dad’s reaction to your decision to become an artiste?

My dad was cool with it. He lets you do whatever you want to do. He feels that whatever his life story is doesn’t have to affect the way his children live their lives. According to what he used to tell me, everybody must live his or her individual stories. He watched me grow from being part of the choir, learning to play drums, and attending music shows. Till now, he gives me all the necessary support and respects my decisions.

Considering that your dad is a pastor, isn’t he bothered by your vulgar lyrics?

Those vulgar songs are basically about me doing my job and he doesn’t interfere. Besides, not all my songs are vulgar. I have recorded songs like IsheSemilore and others. However, the ones that go viral are the ones with vulgar lyrics. I understand my markets, and I know the demography I’m directing my music to, which is the youth and adults. I’m a blunt entertainer, but I consider my fans, and always try to give them what they want. But this year, I decided that I’ll feed my fans with more meaningful songs that will inspire them.

What inspires you to write such vulgar songs?

Most of those songs were not written; we just go into the studio and ‘vibe.’ However, my environment inspires me and it’s not like I deliberately try to be vulgar.

Beyond the stage persona, who is Keshinro Ololade as a person?

I have a dual personality in the sense that I could go into the studio and come up with crazy songs that would entertain people. I could also be home alone relaxing, and listening to soft and mid-tempo songs. Listening to my songs, some people may think I’m a loud and local boy, but they’re usually surprised when they meet me and see that I’m calm and cool-headed. I’m not that outgoing, except if I have to attend events.

What’s your educational background?

I went to a number of primary schools, all in Lagos. I also attended secondary school in Lagos before proceeding to the University of Lagos to study Linguistics. However, I had to defer my admission because of my hectic schedule. Right now, I’ve enrolled at the National Open University, where I’m studying Mass Communication.

Some people believe you came out of nowhere to rise to the top in the music industry.  Can you share some of your struggles?

I have always been a hustler. I started my career by attending several talent hunt competitions, and I won some of them which made me quite popular in school. At a point, I was always hanging around studios because I had no money to record songs.

How did you meet Olamide?

I recorded a song titled Lyrical in late 2013, and Olamide heard it sometime in 2014. Apparently, he loved it, and he said he wanted to meet me. When I met Olamide, he had a contract ready for me, and that was how my career kick-started. I was blessed enough to record a hit song within months, and my career has been growing ever since. I have always seen Olamide as a king, and I even respect him more now.

How would you describe Olamide as a boss?

Despite the fame and fortune around him, Olamide is just like the guy next door. He is easy-going and down-to-earth. He is friendly with everyone and he could eat from the same plate with you without airs and graces.

Was it really your label mate, Viktoh, who introduced you to Olamide?

Yes. Viktoh is a friend to Olamide’s younger brother, DJ Enimoney, and he had known Olamide for about five years before I came into the picture. We used to meet at some talent hunt competitions, and he was the one that played my song, Lyrical, to Olamide. He actually signed both of us on the same day.

It was reported that there’s bad blood between you and Viktoh?

That’s just the figment of some people’s imaginations. VIktoh will always be my brother. We all have our different times to shine.

Let’s talk about Shoki…

I think Shoki is my biggest song to date. It became popular barely weeks after it was released. Initially, I was in denial because I didn’t know the song was that big. At some point, people like American singer, Missy Elliot, uploaded a video of herself dancing to Shoki. To be honest, it put pressure on me, because it was almost bigger than Lil Kesh, the brand.

Your style of music is similar to Olamide’s. Wasn’t he afraid of you overshadowing him?

No, there’s no competition between us. Olamide built the YBNL family in a way that we all love one another. Even if he is meant to release a song, and one of his artistes also wants to release a song, he would defer his to allow his artiste’s song to be put out. Besides, I won’t say I decided to do music like Olamide; it came naturally to me. We’re both from Bariga, and we have the same musical influences. YBNL has a sound of its own; it is not an Olamide sound, or a Lil Kesh sound.

Do you feel you know enough about the music industry to float your own record label?

Olamide brought us up to know every single detail about the music business. There weren’t many protocols, and he made me know all the industry contacts needed for distribution, promotion, PR and basically all parts of the business. He didn’t treat me like an artiste, but as a brother. Anyway, my label, YAGI is directly under YBNL. Olamide still handles the business for me. I’m just responsible for myself financially, but anytime I want to drop a new single or video, Olamide knows about it. YBNL is still Lil Kesh’s management, and the idea of floating a new label was a joint decision.

 When will you be signing your own artistes?

It might not be anytime soon, but we’re definitely going to do that. When I feel mentally and financially ready, I will cross that bridge. Right now, there’s still a lot of work to be done on Lil Kesh.

Do you still visit Bariga where you grew up?

No, I don’t.

Why is it so?

It’s called the hood for a reason, and I have to consider a lot of things before going. I’m like a king in Bariga, and a lot of people love me there. If I’m to go there, it has to be a grand entry with security in place because a lot of people would definitely troop out to the streets. Besides, my family does not stay there anymore. I have relocated them to a better neighborhood.

You have found fame and fortune at an early age. How have you been able to manage it?

I always say I may be 22 years old biologically, but in my head, I’m older than that. Age is not maturity. It is your experience that makes you, and I have seen a lot. From being in the ghetto to living a better life; these things have built me.

Let’s talk a bit about the Headies. Did you feel robbed that you didn’t get the Next Rated Award?

I have put that behind me as it isn’t relevant to my career. As far as I’m concerned, my award is living a good life. Awards don’t determine which artiste is the best. So far you are nominated for an award, you are a winner already.

You have also been nominated for this year’s Headies. Will you be motivating your fans to vote for you?

It’s not just about me and how I feel about these things, it’s about my fans. They supported my music this year, and that’s why the album got nominated. I’m going to post about the award on social media, and appeal to my fans for support.

Can you recall the most awesome part of your career?

Anytime I step on stage and thousands of people are screaming my name.

What’s the craziest experience you have had with a fan?

There was a time I was on Lagos Island, and some street boys stopped all the cars on the road, saying nobody should move until they had all taken pictures with me. It was crazy on that day as their action caused massive traffic build-up.

Has any female fan ever asked you to sign on her boobs?

Those things happen and I don’t even consider them as crazy anymore; it’s a normal thing.

 

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SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has disclosed that he ‘absolutely’ suffered racism in office, adding Americans’ ‘primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign’.

“The concept of race in America is not just genetic, otherwise the one-drop rule wouldn’t have made sense”.

“It’s cultural. It’s this notion of a people who look different than the mainstream, suffering terrible oppression.

“But somehow being able to make out of that a music and a language and a faith and a patriotism,” Obama said, in a special looking back on his legacy with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria.

“I think there’s a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states.

“Are there folks whose primary concern about me has been that I seem foreign, the other? Are those who champion the ‘birther’ movement feeding off of bias? Absolutely.”

Obama said the colour of his skin had ‘absolutely’ contributed to white Americans’ negative perceptions of his time in office.

The president said: “I think there’s a reason why attitudes about my presidency among whites in Northern states are very different from whites in Southern states”.

Obama told Zakaria in the special interview on his legacy that was taped in September that he did not mind being defined as the nation’s first black president.

According to Zakaria, Obama was raised by ‘three white people’: his mother, Ann Dunham, and his grandparents, Stanley and Madelyn Dunham.

“And an Indonesian, you can throw in there”, Obama added, making reference to his stepfather, Lolo Soetoro.

David Axelrod, a senior adviser to Obama at the White House who now runs the Chicago Institute of Politics, concurred.

“It’s indisputable that there was a ferocity to the opposition and a lack of respect to him that was a function of race,” Axelrod said.

According to him, at least one powerful Republican was personally disrespectful to Obama.

“He (the Republican)said to him (Obama), ‘we don’t really think you should be here but the American people thought otherwise. So we’re going to have to work with you,” Axelrod said.

President-elect Donald Trump, promoted birther arguments, encouraging hackers to look into Obama’s place of birth in 2014.

Trump said in an August 2012 tweet: “An “extremely credible source” has called my office and told me that @BarackObama’s birth certificate is a fraud”.

The Republican, however, said recently that he no longer believed that Obama was born in Kenya.

“President Barack Obama was born in the United States, period. Now, we all want to get back to making America strong and great again,” Trump said.

He, however, made no apology for his previous statements and claimed that Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign began the birther movement in 2008.

Clinton’s campaign accused Trump of having connections to white nationalists and that he needs to ‘own up to it.’

Obama took Trump’s about-face in stride, joking at a September Congressional Black Caucus Gala, saying “If there’s an extra spring in my step tonight, it’s because I am so relieved that the whole birther thing is over”.

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SPONSORED BY HIRING234.COM: Gambian President Yahya Jammeh must hand over power after defeat in elections, The UN Security Council has said.

President Jammeh initially conceded to Adama Barrow in last week’s vote but has since refused to accept the end of his 22-year rule.

Mr Barrow said he was sure the military supported him as the country’s new leader.

The UN added that a handover should come without condition or delay.

President Jammeh initially appeared to concede after results showed he had lost, but on Friday said he “totally” rejected the result.

His statement was condemned by The African Union (AU), who described it as “null and void”.

President Jammeh’s reluctance to accept the result has also been criticised by the US and neighbouring Senegal.

A heavy military presence has been reported in the Gambian capital, Banju, but the streets have remained calm.

The BBC’s West Africa correspondent, Thomas Fessy, says the main question now is whether President Jammeh has managed to split the army, retaining a faction ready to back his announcement.

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SPONSORED BY X365TV.COM: Uyo – Tragedy occurred Saturday as Reigners Bible Church located along Uyo village Road collapsed on leading to loss of lives It was gathered that many worshippers and visitors including the governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel sustained serious injuries.

An eyewitness said the ugly incident occurred about 11,:00am, just few minutes after governor Udom Emmanuel and his entourage entered inside the church. She added the governor and many others however narrowly escaped death but sustained serious injuries. Udom Emmanuel was supposed to be a special guest at the ordination of the founder of the church, pastor Akan Weeks as bishop.

A reliable police source said. “As we speak now all the patrol teams within Uyo are there trying to rescue as many as they can. But they said they needed a crane Collapsed structure of Rune Reigners Bible Ministry, a new generation Church located on KM 1, Uyo. “You know a big function is supposed to hold there today. But I heard that they had to hire Julius Berger cranes because that is the kind of machine can that can be used under such situation’ However emergency ambulances were spotted along barracks Road about 12:30pm carrying some of the wounded victims and heading towards the Ibom specialist hospital at Itam.

The governor’s condition was not ascertained at the time of filing this report even as sources said he was rushed out immediately the unfortunate incident occurred. Also the number of deaths has not been confirmed yet even though no fewer than 30 persons were feared died on the spot


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BUY656: Unlimited glitz at Lagos Street Party

Carnival during the street party

SPONSORED BY BUY656.COM: It was in deed two days of unlimited glitz and glamour at the Ahmadu Bello Way, Victoria Island last Saturday and Sunday as over 500,000 fun-loving Lagosians thronged the venue to enjoy the pleasure life offers at the Lagos Street Party, TLSP, the first of its kind in Nigeria. The venue was lit up with artistes, singing, dancing and several other activities that make life worthwhile.

There were influx of children, youths and families, all of whom were in celebration mood. Notable artiste thrilled the audience to all genres of music. Among others, artistes like Olamide, Phyno, MI Abaga, Kaffy, Atawewe and Ice Prince were on ground to thrill the audience while some of the DJs, Humblesmith, DJ Spinall, and DJ Lambo, really thrilled the revelers at the street carnival.

Olamide performing at the Street Party

On Saturday, artistes like 9ice, Dammy Krane, Fatai Valentine (FUJI), Sunkanmi and few others stirred up the audience at the street party. On Sunday, it was the turn of Olamide, Phyno, MI, Idris Abdulkareem and Sule Adio, who thrilled the crowd on two different stages at both ends of Ahmadu Bello way.

 

Kaffy, especially, was an inspiration to the youth on how dancing as a profession can help engage the mind positively and with its economic value. Also, the first day featured colourful cultural parades, displays, acrobatic acts and live performances.

The Lagos Street Party (TLSP) was conceived by White Star Entertainment. The event occupied a prime place in the state’s calendar of entertainment and tourism with its take-off last weekend. From all indications, the carnival equally triggered a new spirit of Lagos.

 

Fun-lovers at the event

Unlike the previous seasons, the last weekend came with much difference in Lagos. It did not just come with the first week in the month of Yuletide. Also, The Lagos Street Party, a two-day carnival, was put together to welcome Yuletide with glamour to showcase the rebirth of a new Lagos.

 

Originally, one million fun-seekers were expected to re-awake the spirit of new Lagos at the street carnival. However, people did not turn out for the carnival until the evening of the first day. In spite of what people might count as its flaws, the turnout was not disappointing at all as the carnival ended on Sunday.

Extensive preparation was made for the street party. Security was adequately provided while, major roads including Ahmadu Bello Way on Victoria Island were closed. As usual, the closure of these roads ignited anxiety among residents in different parts of the state that there might be traffic congestion. Despite the huge turnout for the event, there was only very mild congestion. Also, there was no report of violence and criminality, indicating the success of the carnival.

 

Ayorinde (left) and other government officials at the event

The state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode was at the carnival live to give support to its organizer, White Star. Likewise, some of his cabinet members including the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde; the Attorney-General, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem; the acting Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Olarenwaju Elegushi and his tourism counterpart, Mrs. Adebimpe Akinsola.

The carnival came with a lot of side attraction and exhibition, which the founder of White Star, Mr. Akin Akinyelure said, was primarily designed “to bring dynamism to the event and give the platform for people and corporate bodies to exhibit their potentials and market their products.”
Besides fun-making, the carnival offered upcoming artisans to exhibit their skill and talent, which Akinyelure said, fit into the agenda of the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode. That was why the 150 stalls were taken by several brands, the big ones like Guinness and small ones like Designer Rice from Allen Avenue.

According to Ayorinde, the event helped to promote commerce and creativity in order project the potentials of the state to use tourism, arts and entertainment to attract investors. The carnival indeed stimulated consumption of various items ranging from drinks, food, household items, clothing and marketing activation by various service providers.

Phyno and Olamide at the party

He said the carnival offered real entertainment, live music, diverse cuisine and creative indigenous games in a beautiful environment, which gave people of different nature diverse choice. It indeed showcased and celebrated the renaissance of Lagos, Africa’s mode megacity and first largest economy. It is really a carnival of our values, potentials and riches in cultural heritage.

Akinsola, Special Adviser on Arts and Culture, said the street party was a dream fulfilled for Ambode’s agenda to transform the tourism sector. She said the Ambode administration had come up with THESE, an acronym, which translates to (Tourism, Hospitality, Entertainment, Sports for Excellence).

Kaffy performing at the event

According to her, the street party was a huge success. In her assessment, Akinsola said the priority of the state government “is to make the state one of the most visited tourist destinations in Africa.” She added that the street carnival was a clear expression of Ambode’s determination to make Lagos a home for visitors globally.

Youths having fun at the party

She explained that the Ambode administration in its characteristic, but proactive approach had laid out various programmes for the social and economic benefits of Lagos residents during the Yuletide, saying that “Already, we are getting enviable results from all these programmes the Ambode administration put in place to transform the tourism sector in the state.”

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SPONSORED BY X365RADIO.COM: Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh said on Friday he rejects the outcome of last week’s election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow and called for fresh elections.

The announcement made on state television throws the future of the West African country into doubt after an unexpected election result that ended Jammeh’s 22-year rule and was widely seen as a moment of democratic hope.

“After a thorough investigation, I have decided to reject the outcome of the recent election. I lament serious and unacceptable abnormalities which have reportedly transpired during the electoral process,” Jammeh said.

“I recommend fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a god-fearing and independent electoral commission,” he said.

Human rights groups said Jammeh’s government detained, tortured and killed opponents during his rule and his defeat sparked wild celebrations. But some people also said they doubted whether he would accept defeat.

Official election results from the electoral commission gave Barrow, a real estate developer who once worked as a security guard at retailer Argos in London, 45.5 percent of the vote against Jammeh’s 36.7 percent.

Barrow is set to take over in late January following a transition period.

Reuters

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