Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow wants to engross in direct talks with President Yahya Jammeh to end the political logjam in the peanut exporting nation.
Jammeh opened up communication late Tuesday and appointed his new Secretary General and Minister for Presidential Affairs as Mediator General to engage political leaders and stakeholders in finding a peaceful resolution to the crisis ahead of next week’s inauguration of Mr. Barrow.
Last month, a transitional meeting between Jammeh and Barrow was nixed over safety concerns for the president-elect.
The deadline for President Jammeh to hand over power is looming and his lawyers filed an injunction is the Supreme Court to stop Barrow’s inauguration. The same Supreme Court was unable to hear Mr. Jammeh’s election because there were no judges.
Barrow is confident that he would be sworn in next week.
“It will go ahead… I will be the president on the 19th,” Adama Barrow told BBC World Service.
Although Jammeh says he will not step down until his court challenge is heard in May, West African leaders will be arriving in Banjul on Friday in a last-ditch attempt for Jammeh to step down and avoid a military showdown.