The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has demanded President Yahya Jammeh to step down immediately after Jammeh’s flip-flopped on the elections results announcing he would challenge the outcome legally.
“I think he should step down now,” Barrow told AFP. “He has lost the election, we don’t want to waste time, we want this country to start moving.”
The international community, in particular, the United Nations Security Council, ECOWAS and the AU, demanded that outgoing President Jammeh immediately hand over power to Mr. Barrow.
Jammeh’s ruling APRC said its leader, outgoing President Yahya Jammeh misspoke or made a mistake in his statement, but the President-elect’s transition team says there was no ambiguity in Mr. Jammeh’s concession speech.
The President-elect has called on the international community including the United Nations, African Union, and Ecowas to prevail on Jammeh to accept the will of Gambians.
Gambia’s electoral chief maintains that Mr. Jammeh has lost the polls. Ballot boxes remain sealed for recount at the commission and said the commission can prove every vote cast.
President Yahya Jammeh’s aides have reached out to Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to talk The Gambia’s longtime ruler to step down and work toward a smooth transition.
(Reporting by Sainey MK Marenah; Writing by Sam Phatey; Editing by Alhagie Jobe)