Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow says he will not interfere with President Yahya Jammeh’s constitutional right to seek redress in the courts by filing an election petition to challenge its outcome, and expects Jammeh not to interfere with the constitutional process of swearing in an elected president next month.
Tensions are rising with soldiers from Jammeh’s elite presidential guard unit mounting checkpoints, hiding in thick bushes and having machine guns mounted on sandbags to protect the island capital, Banjul.
President Yahya Jammeh’s regime has been accused of interfering with the judicial process, but Barrow vowed that will not be the case in his administration.
“I will not be the judge and jury here. There will be complete independence of the judiciary and separation of power,” Barrow said.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is leading an ECOWAS mediation effort to gain a consensus solution that will bring the political impasse to an end.