Gambia’s parliament lifts state of emergency, reverses extension of Jammeh’s mandate

Gambia’s parliament lifts state of emergency, reverses extension of Jammeh’s mandate

Gambia’s National Assembly has rescinded the 90-day state of emergency it authorized, which also gave former President Yahya Jammeh an extension of his mandate.

Gambia’s parliament voted last week to extend President Yahya Jammeh’s rule for three months, to help the former longtime autocratic ruler regain control.

The move did not stop the swearing-in of the country’s new President Adama Barrow, who authorize a regional military force to enter the Gambia and depose Jammeh.

Jammeh was forced to leave the Gambia leading to the extraordinary sitting of lawmakers on Tuesday to reverse the state of emergency.

The APRC- and Jammeh-backed parliament defended its declaration of a state of emergency saying ‘it was made in the best interest of Gambians,’ angering pro-democracy activists.

Campaigners have urged them to resign for attempting to subvert that the will of the people.

National Assembly members voted to prevent the military intervention in the Gambia and instead called for ECOWAS to send in judges to hear Jammeh’s election petition.

The minority leader of the parliament said the APRC members were concerned about losing a US$12,000 gratuity and not winning re-election this spring.

President Adama Barrow is currently in Senegal and expected to return to Banjul this week.

The presidential compound has been secured by regional troops who were welcomed with cheers by Gambians.

Jammeh’s acceptance to leave started a historic peaceful transfer of power in the country. The Gambia only had two presidents since it gained independence from Britain in 1965.

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