Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Friday rejected the results of his country's presidential elections.

Jammeh initially accepted the results of the December 1 election and reportedly called opposition candidate Adama Barrow to concede.

According to the AP, Jammeh reversed course in a televised speech in which he claimed voting irregularities and called for new elections.

“I hereby reject the results in totality,” Jammeh said. “Let me repeat: I will not accept the results based on what has happened.”

Jammeh took power in a 1994 military coup and has a long history of homophobic remarks.

Last year, he threatened to slit the throats of gay men: “If you do it [in Gambia], I will slit your throat. If you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it.”

“Homosexuality is anti-God, anti-human, and anti-civilization,” he said in 2013. “Homosexuals are not welcome in the Gambia. If we catch you, you will regret why you are born. … Allowing homosexuality means allowing satanic rights.”

In 2008, he warned that he would “cut off the head” of gays found in his country.

Barrow's views on LGBT rights are not known.