Gambian president will concede vote defeat, says electoral commission

Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh, President of the Republic of the Gambia, addresses the 69th United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York September 25, 2014. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's electoral commission head said on Friday that President Yahya Jammeh would concede defeat in an election, bringing a shock end to his 22 years in power since he staged a coup.

Alieu Momarr Njai was speaking to reporters at the electoral commission in Banjul.

(Reporting by Cheikh Sadibou Mane in Banjul; Additional reporting by Nellie Peyton, Ed McAllister and Tim Cocks in Dakar; Writing by Tim Cocks)

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