Jammeh pleads with ECOWAS to send judges

Jammeh pleads with ECOWAS to send judges

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has pleaded with ECOWAS Chair and Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to facilitate the appointment of justices to the country’s Supreme Court to hear an injunction that would bar President-elect Adama Barrow from being sworn-in.

Jammeh is refusing to step down after losing last month’s polls throwing the Gambia into political uncertainty.

The Gambian leader had accused ECOWAS of violating the sovereignty of the country when the regional bloc authorized a standby military force, ECOMOG to uphold the outcome of the polls, and accused West African leaders of being partial.

Jammeh called for new mediators and appointed his own mediator general, Pa Musa Jallow.

West African leaders were in Banjul last week in a last-ditch diplomatic effort for Jammeh to hand over peacefully. They were unsuccessful with their bid.

President-elect Adama Barrow is now in Dakar, neighboring Senegal’s capital whose military is expected to lead the ECOMOG troops.

Jammeh’s injunction to restrain Barrow from being sworn-in would be heard by Chief Justice Emmanuel Nkea, the only sitting judge in the Supreme Court.

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