Stephanie Marie Anderson

6 Dec 2016 - 11:56 AM  UPDATED 6 Dec 2016 - 11:56 AM

Yahya Jammeh - the notoriously homophobic President of Gambia - has just lost his bid for re-election, after 22 years in power.

Alieu Momarr Njai - the head of the electoral commission - declared Adama Barrow the victor after he claimed 45.5% of the votes.

‘I hereby declare Adama Barrow duly elected to serve as president of the Republic of Gambia,’ Njai said.

A little history on Jammeh—Gay Star News reports that he has, in the past, threatened to "slit the throats" of gay people, compared them to vermin, said they should be dealt with like mosquitoes, called them "anti-God" and "anti-human".

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“[It] affirms that the right to be protected from violence and discrimination applies equally to LGBT people,” said Boris Dittrich, an LGBT rights advocate with the group.

In 2015, he was quoted as saying: "All empires before collapsed not at the time they were weakest, but at the peak of their might and when they equated themselves with the Almighty Allah". 

He continued: "So this evil empire of homosexuals will also go down the dirty drain and garbage of hell".

Jammeh also introduced a law that meant if a person was arrested more than once for homosexuality, they would face life in prison, and declared that he could "cure AIDS" with herbs and bananas—but only on Mondays and Thursdays.

So far there's no news on whether Barrow's position on LGBT+ issues will be any better, but for now, let's say goodbye to this homophobe.