“We believe there are a few people behind the scenes trying to push the president not to accept this,” referring to the election results, said Sheikh Omar Faye, The Gambia’s Ambassador to the United States who urged President Yahya Jammeh to step down.
Faye did not offer names but said these people were influencing Jammeh “for their own selfish interests” and putting The Gambia in harm’s way.
Yahya Jammeh, The Gambia’s president who came to power in a bloodless coup in 1994, suffered a surprise defeat in the hands of Adama Barrow in the December 1 presidential election.
Jammeh initially accepted the results that gave a clear victory to opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow, then subsequently changed course and demanded new elections.
President Jammeh’s party have already filed a petition seeking to annul the results at the country’s Supreme Court.
Faye confirmed last week that he has been recalled back to Banjul.