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Citizens, Residents, Tourists Flee Gambia as President Jammeh Refuses to Handover Power Less than 24 hours to Inauguration Day

BellaNaija.com

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As the President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh has refused to relinquish power to the president-elect, Adama Barrow, many citizens and residents of the West African nation are beginning to leave the country for fear of chaos, especially as Barrow’s inauguration is less than 24 hours away.

A delegation from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) had several times visited the president who had been in power for 22 years to persuade him to hand over power to Barrow, but Jammeh had declined, saying that the case must be decided by the country’s Supreme Court.

But the Supreme Court lacks judges as Jammeh had forced them to leave the country. Jammeh is now pleading with ECOWAS to facilitate the release of judges from neighbouring West African countries to hear his petition against the outcome of the election.

Jammeh said that external powers had been involved in the December 1 election that produced Barrow as the president-elect.

Jammeh had on Tuesday, also declared a 90 day State of Emergency nationwide. He had also instructed his pilot to be on standby since Wednesday morning.

U.S. had also warned Jammeh to leave the seat of power. It also announced that it will be backing ECOWAS troops who have arrived neighbouring countries in preparation to oust him.

ECOWAS and the African Union (AU) has said that it will seize to recognise Jammeh as Gambia’s president from January 19.

7 Comments

  1. Me

    January 18, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    African leaders, the reason why our continent would never move forward. Greedy idiots. All they care about is themselves and their stupid families. Wicked people

  2. GANNY OGUNSHAKIN

    January 18, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    Get it done. Boot the tyrant Jammeh out of power. This will send a very loud and strong message to all sit tight leaders in other parts of Africa that Democracy is here to stay at least in West Africa. Yahya Jammeh must be arrested for wasting the resources and time of all the Ecowas Nations in addition him being tried for the countless human rights abuses committed during his twenty two years rule just like Charlse Taylor the former Liberian rebel turned president of Liberia. I wish all the Soldiers from the various West African Countries taking part in this operation Good luck.

  3. Lala

    January 18, 2017 at 9:24 pm

    Last paragraph should be ….. cease to recognise Jammeh…….. not seize.
    Kindly correct please.

  4. NG

    January 18, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    Hope the Nigerian government has a plan in place to evacuate Nigerians if necessary since they will be targets in view of the role the government has played in the whole saga

  5. #Proudnigerian

    January 18, 2017 at 10:57 pm

    How can one man doggedly refuse to hand over putting the country in Chaos? Did he discover Gambia? I am not ” undertanding” ??

  6. nene

    January 18, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    on another note, look at gambia’s airport, then look at nigerian airports. smh

  7. henry

    January 19, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    It’s gammeh or his father the founder of Gamb? If not he should be death with locally and inter nationally. Stupid and greed idiot.

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