Media Statement

06 December 2016

President Zuma congratulates President-elect Adama Barrow of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia.

President Zuma has today, on behalf of the Government and the people of South Africa, congratulated President-elect Adama Barrow on his election as President of The Gambia following presidential elections that were held on 01 December 2016. President Zuma conveyed his best wishes to the President-elect Barrow and committed himself to working closely with him to strengthen bilateral relations between South Africa and The Gambia.

President Zuma also commended the outgoing President Yahyah Jammeh for graciously conceding defeat. Furthermore, President Zuma also commended the people of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia for conducting peaceful and democratic elections. President Zuma stated that the peaceful and democratic manner under which these elections were conducted signify yet another positive step towards deepening democracy on the African continent.

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