Yahya Jammeh, the longtime president of The Gambia, has conceded defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow, accepting that the people have "decided that I should take the back seat".
Jammeh, who came to power in 1994 as a 29-year-old army officer following a military coup, had won four previous polls.
Speaking to the public on Gambian television late on Friday, Jammeh congratulated Barrow for his "clear victory", saying: "I wish him all the best and I wish all Gambians the best."
He said: "If [Barrow] wants to work with us also, I have no problem with that. I will help him work towards the transition," he said, confirming that he would not contest the result.
Barrow's victory in Thursday's presidential election brings to an end Jammeh's 22-year rule.
Gambians voted by placing marbles into drums marked for each candidate.