President Yahya Jammeh’s attorney has admitted that the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow cannot be stopped.
Edward Gomez, a lawyer for Jammeh’s party, conceded that it was “certainly not possible under these circumstances” to have an injunction barring Barrow from being sworn-in.
The Supreme Court was unable to make a ruling on the petition to restrict Barrow from being sworn-in after the only sitting judge, Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle excused himself.
Jammeh first filed an election petition challenging the outcome of the polls. Foreign judges were indisposed to travel to Gambia until May or November to hear the case and make a ruling.
Jammeh is refusing to step down until the ruling is made by the courts.
Gambia’s parliament extended President Yahya Jammeh’s rule for three months and Jammeh declared a 90-day state of emergency.
Barrow is currently in Dakar, Senegal where he is preparing to be escorted to The Gambia to be sworn-in; but Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said he may have to be sworn-in at a Gambian Embassy.
Thousands of people have been fleeing to Senegal, including a number of Jammeh’s former government ministers, who resigned this week.