Coalition leaders with President-elect Adama Barrow meet Saturday over President Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of country’s December 1 elections, urging him to change his position and allow a smooth transition and transfer of power.
President-elect Barrow has affirmed his position as the only legitimate elected President of The Gambia. He said there will be no elections and the transfer of power shall be effective in January according to the Constitution.
Barrow urged outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to respect the clear verdict of the people and urged to toe the path of honor and dignity.
Barrow said Mr. Jammeh has no legal powers and authority to annul elections, and should not escalate tension in the country. He has asked Jammeh to allow the smooth transfer of power and accept the verdict of the people.
“His declaration is deemed as one of a defeated candidate and with no legal effect or political validity. The will of the voters will not be subverted” he said.
The president-elect has vowed to take over executive power when Mr. Jammeh’s term ends on January 18.
The international community said Saturday that Jammeh’s rejection of the election results is null and void. A UN Security Council meeting has been requested by Senegal, The Gambia’s neighbor.
(Reporting and Writing by Alhagie Jobe, Additional Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Reporting and Editing by Sainey MK Marenah)