The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh must be feeling abandoned and already isolated. This may be the last straw for Jammeh, a man who presents himself as a devout Muslim and would never be seen in public without a Quran in his hand.
President Yahya Jammeh has been told to step down by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation, a 57 member union of Islamic nations. OIC Secretary General Yousuf al-Othaimeen said contesting the result would bring instability and threatens Gambia’s national unity.
OIC had sent observers and ruled that the elections were transparent and would support the international community in upholding the results. The youth parliament, a group of local electoral observers also said there were no irregularities during the polls.
The Gambia is due to host the next OIC summit in 2018.
President Yahya Jammeh declared The Gambia as Islamic Republic in hopes that he can build better relations with the Arab and Gulf states at a time that the Gambia’s economy had a cloudy outlook. The bid has largely failed with Jammeh saying only Kuwait was aiding poor Muslim nations in Africa.
The OIC recognizing the elections results may dwindle support he has from Muslim clerics as most funding for them comes from governments in the Arab world.