As global pressure against Jammeh pile up, Gambia’s Ambassador to the United States, Sheikh Omar Faye has asked President Yahya Jammeh to accept the will of The Gambian people and hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.
“I am supporting the will of Gambian people by recognizing Mr. Adama Barrow as the President-elect of The Gambia out of my personal decision and desire to safeguard the peace and social cohesion of our beloved country,” Ambassador Faye said.
President Yahya Jammeh was defeated in the country’s December 1 elections. He first conceded defeat and then took a political u-turn rejecting the results and calling for fresh polls.
The U.S. condemned Jammeh’s rejection of the results saying it “is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately.”
UN and West African leaders were in Banjul Tuesday urging Jammeh to step down and allow a smooth transfer of power.
Faye, a former military officer was the country’s Olympics flag bearer, minister of youths and sports and head of mission at the Banjul’s Washington post.