President Yahya Jammeh must open communication so that agreements could be reached on a transitional agenda that would ensure the release of those who are detained without trial and prevent any new arrests and detentions without due process, says Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow.
Jammeh, who initially accepted defeat flip-flopped and now refuses to step down claiming the polls were rigged.
Mr. Jammeh and Barrow were to meet a week after the polls to officially start work towards handing over power, but the meeting was nixed over safety concerns for Barrow.
West African leaders met the outgoing and incoming presidents in an attempt to end the political standoff that ensued but a breakthrough has not been made.
Jammeh calls his meeting with presidents Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and John Mahama of Ghana a mere formality after they asked him to allow a peaceful transfer of power.
Mr. Jammeh has since been unreachable. A spokesperson for the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said despite efforts to reach President Yahya Jammeh by phone, the Secretary-General has not yet been able to speak with him.