President Yahya Jammeh has lost the elections and conceded defeat. But in a rather bizzare political u-turn he rescinded the decision and refused to hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.
“It is a very dangerous moment. Everybody is singing from the same sheet of music and the song is clear: you have lost the election, President Jammeh, and you must give up power peacefully,” said U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, after the UN Security Council demanded for Jammeh to step down.
A mediation effort by West African leaders failed and forces loyal to President Yahya Jammeh sealed the Elections House, refusing electoral chief and his staff access.
There is now a standoff between President-elect Adama Barrow and President Jammeh. Jammeh’s APRC party has formally challenged the results in the Supreme Court and wants the court to annul the outcome of the shokcing elections.
Barrow is backed by seven opposition parties and if negotiation fails, Gambia’s neighbors may use military force to bend Jammeh to relinquish power. They have done so in Mali and in Guinea Bissau. The Gambia’s military is deeply divided and so is its citizens making it an even more dangerous situation for such a small nation.