Halifa Sallah, Yankuba Colley say national dialogue needed

Halifa Sallah, Yankuba Colley say national dialogue needed

Gambia needs national dialogue to solve differences, both opposition coalition Spokesperson Halifa Sallah and APRC National Mobilizer Yankuba Colley agreed.

Sallah briefly met with President Yahya Jammeh’s Chief of Staff Pa Musa Jallow and Information Minister Seedy Njie in an encounter where they agreed to schedule a formal meeting to deliberate over the current political crisis.

President Jammeh reopened communication this week with the transition team of the President-elect Adama Barrow.

Jammeh had put off the handing over of executive power to Mr. Barrow after he made a political grope rejecting the outcome of last month’s polls in which he suffered defeat.

He had held himself incommunicado since and criticized the international pressure for him to step down or face sanctions and a military push to oust him.

Mr. Sallah and Mr. Colley said they would love to see the impasse locally resolved and quickly.

President Jammeh has until next week to hand over power. He has been offered a safe haven in Nigeria if he agrees to step down but his lawyers filed an injunction in court to prohibit the judiciary, international community, and civil service from partaking in the swearing in of President-elect Barrow.

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