Jammeh’s lawyer seeks to stop Barrow inauguration

Jammeh’s lawyer seeks to stop Barrow inauguration

The lead Attorney for President Yahya Jammeh has filed a court injunction to stop the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow and to sanction the international community from taking part.

Lawyer Edu Gomez wants the Gambia’s Supreme Court to make a provision ruling to restrain the Chief Justice and any member of the judiciary from swearing in Mr. Barrow.

It also seeks to secure an order for civil servants and parliamentarians not to take part in the inauguration.

West African leaders pledged to attend Barrow inauguration in Banjul. Presidents of Benin and Ivory Coast have confirmed they will be in Banjul on January 19.

President Yahya Jammeh already has a petition challenging the outcome of the election in the Supreme Court. The court is unable to hear it because of an inadequate number of judges.

The Supreme Court may not be able to hear the election and the injunction to stop the inauguration until May or November.

Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle urged President Yahya Jammeh and President-elect Adama Barrow to seek alternative dispute resolution and embrace the ECOWAS offer.

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