UN: The Gambian President Jammeh must step aside
The UN’s West Africa envoy says Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh must step down when his mandate ends in January and would be “strongly sanctioned” if he sought to remain in power.
Long-ruling Jammeh lost the election to little-known businessman Adama Barrow on December 1 and conceded defeat in a widely celebrated moment of democratic hope for the continent.
But he has since changed his mind and his party is now challenging the outcome at Gambia’s Supreme Court.
“For Mr Jammeh, the end is here and under no circumstances can he continue to be president,” the UN’s special representative Mohammed Ibn Chambas told Reuters news agency by telephone on Wednesday.
Chambas also told AFP news agency that “by January 19, he [Jammeh] should be ready to hand over power”.
On Monday, Barrow had called for the president to step down “now” as his coalition became increasingly frustrated by Jammeh’s refusal to admit defeat.
Jammeh has alleged that the election was rigged and called for a recount and fresh polls.
There are worries within the opposition camp that Jammeh could try to cling on to power pending the outcome of the legal case lodged on Wednesday by the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reconciliation and Construction (APRC).
still no wavering from jammeh:
Gambian president Yahya Jammeh has so far been unmoved by calls from fellow African leaders, the United Nations, and others to acknowledge his electoral defeat of earlier this month. The latest petition, by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), may get the attention of the longtime leader who often portrays himself as a devout Muslim.
i bet the UN dont need a real good reason to send in the peacekeepers..hes giving them one..
what is barrows story?