Gambia’s parliament to reverse state of emergency

Gambia’s parliament to reverse state of emergency

The Jammeh-backed National Assembly that extended his term for three months and authorizing him to declare a state of emergency will reverse its decision.

Lawmakers last week passed voted to allow a 90-day state of emergency ahead of the ECOWAS military intervention in the Gambia to enforce the outcome of last month’s elections.

The declaration was to help defeated President Yahya Jammeh to regain control.

Gambia’s parliament in its declaration voted against the use of military force to bend Jammeh to leave power, choosing to extend his term until foreign judges make it in May to make a ruling on the APRC election petition.

Majority leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta and his supporters in the parliament who sponsored the bill accused West African nations of attempting to compromise the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Gambia.

“Any acts of disobedience to the laws of The Gambia, incitement of violence and acts intended to disturb public order and peace” were banned under the state of emergency.

The Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow, a property developer has been in neighboring Senegal early January. His aides said he would return to The Gambia possibly this week after security clearance is given.

(Reporting by Omar Wally and Saikou Jammeh; Writing by Sam Phatey)

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