Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh lost the elections to Adama Barrow last month. And while Barrow is scheduled for a Thursday inauguration, President Jammeh still hasn’t stepped down from his position as the President. The President had up to mid night on Wednesday to resign from his position. However, the deadline came close and passed, yet Jammeh has not resigned. The defeated President is facing immense international pressure.
The Economic Community of West African States too has threatened to enforce the election outcome. In addition, Mauritius’ President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz too flew down to meet President Jammeh and find a solution to the situation. However, he failed to have a breakthrough. News is now out that military is deployed in Gambia’s capital city Banjul already. Despite the military presence, the capital city is reportedly calm at the moment.
An article in Al Jazeera states that United Nations is now gearing for a meeting on the issue. The UN will then take a stand and will ask the President to give way to his successor. However, the situation at the moment is unique and has created a state of turmoil in the country.
For instance, many citizens have moved out of the country. The publication informs that as many as 26,000 Gambians ran away to the neighboring Senegal. An article in BBC adds that Senegal too has stationed its troops on Gambia’s border and Nigeria too is supporting military action.
However, Gambia’s chief of Defense, Ousman Badjie has confirmed that he will not involve the country’s military in the situation. This is because, according to Badjie, the situation is political in nature. “I am not going to involve my soldiers in a stupid fight. I love my men,” he said.
Why President Jammeh won’t step down?
Experts on Gambia believe that Jammeh is not stepping down because he thinks that the elections were unfair. While earlier he had accepted the election results, later, the President declared a 90-day emergency. He did so after revealing about the irregularities in the election process. The President accused the country’s election commission for making mistakes and turning away his supporters from voting stations. As a result, he has vowed to stay in the office till new elections take place in the country.
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