Coalition says Barrow’s convoy an exception

Coalition says Barrow’s convoy an exception

The Gambia’s winning unity government-in-waiting say President-elect Adama Barrow is an exception to a new ordinance requiring those wanting to use convoys on the highway to get a permit.

The Gambia’s police chief came under fire from the public for targeting the President-elect amid a political stalemate over incumbent President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to step down.

Police Inspector General Yankuba Sonko was among the security chiefs in the tiny West African nation that pledge allegiance to the country’s incoming leader after trumping Jammeh in the polls.

“In light of this, the Coalition wishes to inform the general public that the Inspector General of Police has clarified that his announcement does not apply to President-elect Adama Barrow,” a spokesperson for the coalition of seven opposition parties said.

The police said the decision was made in good faith to avoid obstruction of traffic by mostly newlyweds in the Greater Banjul area and not meant to maliciously target any particular group of individuals.

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh who lost his bid to secure a fifth term at first conceded defeat before reversing his bold decision and putting up a legal challenge to have the results nullified.

West African leaders were in Gambia to prevail over Jammeh to step down but were unable to broker a deal. Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and Ghana’s outgoing President John Mahama are leading mediation efforts for the peaceful transfer of power in mainland Africa’s smallest nation.

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