The UN Security Council said President Yahya Jammeh must step down at the end of his mandate after a suffering a defeat in the elections, and hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.
President Jammeh last week conceded defeat until Friday when he dismayed the international community by rejecting the results in totality. Jammeh has since called for fresh elections and said he will be contesting the results at the Supreme Court.
The 15-member Council called on outgoing President Yahya Jammeh “to respect the choice of the sovereign people of Gambia, as he did on 2 December, and to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to the President-elect, Mr. Adama Barrow.”
President Jammeh’s unwillingness to step down has been met with resistance by the international community. The African Union, ECOWAS, EU, U.S., and neighboring Senegal quickly condemned his statement, considered his rejection of the results as null and void and warned him against entrenching himself in power.
Barrow is due to take office as president on January 18.
Jammeh has ruled the nation of fewer than two million people with an iron-fist. He oversaw brutal crackdowns on his political foes, journalists, and activists. He swore to remain in power for a billion years and accepted his electoral loss as the “will of Allah” before rescinding the earlier decision that was welcomed as a sign of strong democratic footsteps in Africa.