EU warns Jammeh risk serious consequences for attempting to hold on to power

EU warns Jammeh risk serious consequences for attempting to hold on to power

The European Union, which had threatened to put sanctions on President Jammeh if human rights conditions continue to deteriorate under his regime has warned Saturday that Jammeh risk facing serious upshot if he attempts to undermine the will of The Gambian people.

The Eu has urged President Yahya Jammeh to fully respect the rule of law and will of the Gambian people as expressed on Election Day, to stand by his earlier acceptance of the results and allow a peaceful transfer of power to the new President of The Gambia.

Jammeh on Friday rejected the outcome of the presidential elections, a week after conceding defeat. He has accused the electoral commission of rigging the polls.

“The European Union supports a peaceful and constitutional change of power in full respect of the constitution, as wanted by the majority of the Gambian people. Any attempt to reverse carries the risk of serious consequences,” said EU Spokespersons Federica Mogherini.

Potential violence can surge from Jammeh’s sudden u-turn, which the African Union declared “null and void.”

EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica said it is of utmost importance that all political actors and institutions unequivocally reject any violence and abide by the law.

Jammeh, whiles conceding defeat last week said the elections were transparent and that his loss was the will of Allah. Days before the elections, Jammeh who was overly confident of winning told reports that the country’s electoral system is fraud-proof and rig-proof.

EU and other members of the international community had held several meetings with The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow. The EU is currently withholding more than EU€33 million in budgetary aid to The Gambia.

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