The international community is supporting the ECOWAS consensus on The Gambia’s political impasse, in which West African leaders seek the support of the AU and the UN to have power transferred to President-elect Adama Barrow.
In support of the ECOWAS resolution, the African Union Chairperson and Chadian President Idriss Déby has called on the outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate the smooth transfer of power to the newly elected President of The Gambia and renewed his call for the Gambian defense and security forces to strictly abide by the Constitution and rule of law.
The United Kingdom, the United States of America, the European Union, and the Kingdom of Spain are supporting the ECOWAS resolution and the appointment of Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari to lead media efforts with the help of Ghana’s outgoing President John Mahama.
The international community is expecting President Yahya Jammeh to respect the will of the people and end the occupation of the country’s electoral commission by security forces.
“…the occupation of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) premises by Gambian security forces is unacceptable, as it violates the principle of independence of the IEC,” the EU said.
The UN has frowned upon the seizure of the commission’s office by forces loyal to Jammeh and has demanded they vacate and not to tamper with sensitive electoral materials.
President Yahya Jammeh who has refused to hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow, a political novice backed by seven opposition groups, has filed a petition in court hoping to have the elections annulled and fresh ones held.
Unfortunately for Mr. Jammeh, there is no Supreme Court currently in the country and the lawyers’ association is demanding the Chief Justice, a Nigerian, Emmanuel Fagbenele to step down due to misconduct and abuse of office.
ECOWAS leaders say they would be in Banjul in January for Barrow’s inauguration, who threatened to swear himself in as president if Jammeh refuses to go. ECOWAS recognizes Barrow as the duly elected President of The Gambia and says would guarantee his security.