The official website of The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh and his pro-government newspaper The Daily Observer remain offline days after they were hacked.
The websites were hacked after President Yahya Jammeh made a political fumble and reversed a bold decision to concede defeat.
The State House website remains unresponsive and the Daily Observer Newspaper site says it is “under construction.”
Gambians ousted President Jammeh on December 1 in a poll that had shocking results. Adama Barrow, a real estate developer became president-elect. Barrow was backed by seven opposition parties and an independent candidate.
Jammeh had at first accepted defeat and said the ending of his 22-year rule of mainland Africa’s smallest nation is “the will of Allah.” Jammeh a devout Muslim said he would not be contesting the results, equating such to “questioning the will of Allah.”
The international community has since demanded he revert back to his initial acceptance of the outcome of the elections or face strong resistance.
Jammeh made the political u-turn dampening hopes of a peaceful transfer of power after coalition chairperson, Fatoumata Tambajang said Mr. Jammeh would not be given immunity for human rights abuses and crimes against the state.
His party has since filed a petition in the Supreme Court to legally challenge the results and have it declared invalid.
No group has taken responsibility for the hacking. The unknown hackers did put a photo of President-elect Adama Barrow on both sites on December 10.