Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has been addressed as President of the Republic of The Gambia at a summit of French and African leaders in Mali.
Mali’s President Ebrahim Baboucarr Keita said the reception Mr. Barrow was given at the France-Africa summit was a “de facto recognition” of his legitimacy as Gambia’s head of state.
Barrow was in Bamako, Mali’s capital to contrive a peaceful outcome to the political crisis in the Gambia.
Barrow has the support of the international community in the leadership crisis and African leaders at the summit were unanimous in their call for Jammeh to stand down.
President-elect Adama Barrow was declared the winner of last month’s election. Its outcome was shocking and seen as a victory for democracy after a Trump win in America.
But President Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia for 22 years is refusing to step down. His refusal to cede power may invoke ECOWAS to authorize a standby force to militarily bend him to leave.
The ‘billion year’ president has vowed to remain in power until the Supreme Court makes a ruling on his election petition that seeks to annul the results, declare him the winner or call for fresh polls.
Barrow is in Senegal until his inauguration. He met with French President Francois Hollande in Mali.
Hollande said that Gambia’s elections were credible and transparent, so the results “must be respected.”
President Yahya Jammeh has been politically sanctioned and internationally isolated for long. Barrow’s attendance of the Mali summit sends a clear message that he is no longer recognized.
Forced disappearances, arbitrary detention, torture, and other human rights violations continue under the government of President Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a military coup in 1994.