ECOWAS wanted to know whether The Gambia’s incoming administration plans to prosecute outgoing President Yahya Jammeh and a spokesperson for the coalition, Mr. Halifa Sallah told the AFP there was no need to threaten the country’s defeated longtime ruler with prosecution for crimes against state and human rights abuses.
“There is no indication of a threat of prosecution or the need to threaten outgoing President Yahya Jammeh,” Sallah said. “President-elect Barrow says he is going to treat outgoing President Yahya Jammeh like a former head of state and would consult him for advice.”
The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow in a phone conversation with Mr. Jammeh did say he would consult the former president, who at first conceded defeat to retire on his village farm.
President Yahya Jammeh is now refusing to leave power and has filed a legal challenge in court in hopes that the Supreme Court will rule for fresh elections to be held.
“Justice must be done and the only way justice can be done is to reorganize the election so that every Gambian votes. That’s the only way we can resolve the matter peacefully and fairly,” Jammeh said.
Sallah, however, said that Jammeh will be declared a rebel if he refuses to leave when his term expires.