UN Chief Envoy for Western Africa Mohammed Ibn Chambas said The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh must religuish power. Chambas, who was part of the a UN-ECOWAS delegation that visisted Banjul to ask Jammeh to step down was reportedly barred from the meeting at the presidential place on Tuesday by Jammeh.
“For Mr. Jammeh, the end is here and under no circumstances can he continue to be president,” the U.N.’s Mohammed Ibn Chambas told Reuters.
The talks between Jammeh and regional leaders failed to reach a deal to have him step down. Gambia’s President-elect has been urged to continue building his government and prepare for his inauguaration in January.
Coalition spokesperson Halifa Sallah said Mr. Jammeh will be declared a rebel leader if he refuses to leave and ECOWAS said it is not putting a military option to force Mr. Jammeh to relinguish power and enforce the will of The Gambian people off the table.
UN’s Ibn Chambas said any attempt to subvert the will of the people will be met with stiff resistance from ECOWAS and the UN. President Yahya Jammeh has been receiving strong condemnation for rejecting the outcome of the elections after conceding defeat.
The Gambia’s electoral chief told reporters that the electoral commission office has been sealed off by military personnel. The UN has asked for the commission’s office to be vacated immediately.