Senegalese authorities have warned The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh not to subvert the will of the people after Jammeh rescinded his concession and called for new polls.
Senegal’s Foreign Minister Mankuer Ndiaye said Jammeh must organize a peaceful transfer of power and ensure the security and safety of President-elect Adama Barrow.
“Senegal demands that outgoing president unconditionally respects the democratic choice freely expressed by the Gambian people and organize a peaceful transfer of power and ensure the security and physical integrity of the newly elected president are intact,” said Foreign Minister Ndiaye.
President Yahya Jammeh lost to coalition candidate Adama Barrow in the December 1 presidential polls and had conceded defeat since. After last night’s rejection of the result, troops loyal to Jammeh were deployed and Senegal warned against tampering with the safety of its nationals.
Senegal has called on the international community to take measures to safeguard the electoral results out of respect for the sovereignty and will of The Gambian people.
(Reporting by Sainey MK Marenah; Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Reporting and Editing by Alhagie Jobe)