The UN says President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia will face “strong sanctions” if he refuses to hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow, a day after efforts by West African leaders for Jammeh to step down failed.
UN said Mr. Jammeh’s legal bid to overturn election results was separate from Jammeh’s mandate as president, which ends on January 18. UN Envoy Ibn Chambas said Jammeh must cease being the president of mainland Africa’s smallest nation on that day.
Electoral chief Alieu Momar Njai says the results stand and reported that his office was sealed by military officers on Tuesday who refused him access.
The UN and U.S. has since intervened demanding that security forces vacate the commission’s office.
The Gambia does not currently have a Supreme Court to hear Jammeh’s petition. Only one of the seven justices needed to hear the case is in the bench. The lawyers’ union of the country rejected the move by Mr. Jammeh to constitute the court for the purpose of hearing his case after Jammeh failed to heed to repeated calls by the bar to constitute the court since last year to hear other cases.