UN deploys officials to help with Gambia transition

UN has deployed officials to the Gambia to help the country’s new government with its transfer of power after former President Yahya Jammeh’s unceremonious departure.

UN Envoy for Western African said there is a need to support the Barrow administration to ensure the continuity of government and the security of the state.

This is more than just Mr. Jammeh. He is out of the picture. How about the governance structures, the administration, how do you do that?” Ibn Chambas said. “The U.N. has moved very quickly. We have already deployed on the ground an expert on transitions and smooth handover of government who will help in that.”

The UN will be also be supporting the judiciary to deliver justice. Former President Yahya Jammeh’s rule has been characterized by tortures, killings and arbitrary detentions.

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has pledged a truth and reconciliation commission, which the UN says it will support.

“Gambians need to come together as one people in this new effort to build and consolidate democracy and develop their country,” Chambas said.

Barrow was declared the winner of the December 1 presidential election. However, after Jammeh conceded defeat, he refused to hand over power, citing mistakes allegedly committed by the Independent Electoral Commission. Barrow was officially sworn in at the Gambian embassy in Senegal, despite Jammeh’s refusal to step down.

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