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Gambia: UN Security Council directs President Jammeh to handover to Adama Barrow



President Yahya Jammeh

President Yahya Jammeh

The UN Security Council has asked Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition of power to the President-elect, Adama Barrow.

In a press statement issued on Saturday, the 15-member Council “strongly condemned the outgoing Gambian President’s rejection of the official election results proclaimed by the country’s Independent Electoral Commission”.

The Council asked Jammeh “to respect the choice of the sovereign people of Gambia, as he did on December 2, and to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to the President-elect, Mr. Adama Barrow.”

It also urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from violence and remain calm, and requested that the security of Barrow and that of all Gambians be fully ensured.

The Council  also called on the support by the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWAS) and international partners, especially the ECOWAS, to preserve stability in the Gambia and work towards the installation of a democratically elected government in the country.

The Council members also commended the Gambian people for the peaceful and transparent conduct of elections on Dec. 2, and expressed their commitment to continue to closely follow the evolution of the situation in the country.

The Security Council recalled the relevant provisions of Article 23 (4) of the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

It further called on Jammeh to respect the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, notably the rejection of unconstitutional changes of Government.

Barrow had also called on Jammeh to accept the outcome of the election, saying that he had no constitutional right to reject the results and appealed to him “to facilitate a smooth transfer of executive power”.

“I urge him to change his current position and accept the verdict of the people in good faith for the sake of the Gambia our homeland,” Barow said.


  1. esther

    December 11, 2016 at 10:35 am

    Power & intoxication!

    • Mymind

      December 11, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Esther, if your situation is as dire as you describe, contact BN to create an official campaign on your behalf. This your jumping from article to article begging for money is starting to irritate abeg. Given how much idle time you have, I seriously doubt the validity of your situation. #SorryNotSold.

  2. Mohammad

    December 11, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Were re o. E be like say dis man don ready to die on top dis mata. And he go wan carry plenty people with am. The blip was that he accepted defeat in the first place.

  3. Aminata

    December 11, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    Apparently this Adama Barrow and his team had threaten to stop him from leaving Gambia, because they saw him as a rebel and a rebel for peace. The handover was not to take place as soon as Barrow threaten to get him prosecuted for the wrongs he did during his 22 years of ruling. Barrow is immature and i fear that if left to govern, that will be a disaster. Barrow is yet to remove his security’s uniform and understand diplomacy and power politics. Vengeance is never the solution for reconciliation. See how Alassane Ouattara has divided Ivory Coast…

    • Kat

      December 12, 2016 at 1:56 am

      Your ignorance baffles me. Your stigmatization of Barrow and how you are running your mouth on issues you can easily research is mind blowing. Yes, Barrow was a security guard in England whilst in school. Yes, Jammeh knew he would have to face justice for the endless atrocities without anyone stating it. I am sad at how we are quick to call out people for hard work — no shame in being a security guard. Jammeh is a THUG and nothing can change that. He never deserved praises nor honor hence he is showing the world who he is. This is not about our Pres Elect. Jammeh is the problem and God willing, we will be free! @Bellanaija, it’ll be great for you guys to do a piece on how Jammeh is now recruiting Nigerian mercenary judges to do his dirty work in my country.


    December 11, 2016 at 5:03 pm

    He has no justification to reject the outcome of the election in his Country. He was the architect of that election. Yahya Jammeh just woke up from his slumber. “Reality bites” Nigerian government must not allow this tyrant to get away with this behavior. “Defend democracy in Gambia at all cost”. This tyrant must be shown the door. A word is enough for the wise. I ‘ m just saying.

    • GB

      December 11, 2016 at 8:51 pm

      …and what does Nigeria has to do with Gambia? What is Nigeria’s business with Gambia

  5. saboji

    December 12, 2016 at 3:45 am

    u are right for being the selfish id…t that u must be. Nigeria has no business with gambia, their business is with bokoharam …… got help us all

  6. saboji

    December 12, 2016 at 3:47 am

    May God help us all

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