• JUST IN: UN team visits GAMBIA on POST-JAMMEH assessment

    16/Feb/2017 // 2455 Viewers

     

    A UN team led by officials from the Department of Political Affairs and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) arrived in The Gambia to assess post-Yahya Jammeh situation, following successful takeover of power by President Adama Barrow.

    Mr Farhan Haq, the Deputy Spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, told UN correspondents at a news conference on Wednesday that the mission arrived the country on Tuesday.

    Haq said the UN team would “assess the situation with regard to peace and security and analyse the new government’s priorities going forward.

    “It will also assess governance and institutional capacities in the country and map out support strategies by international stakeholders engaging in peace-building.

    “The mission will identify areas of enhanced UN support to national authorities and
    civil society organisations.

    “The mission met today with President Barrow, after meeting with the vice-president, the Foreign Minister, the Country Team working in The Gambia, and representatives of the diplomatic community in the country,” Haq said.

    Jammeh, who was defeated in the country’s Dec. 1 presidential election by Barrow after 22 years in power, reneged on his concession of defeat and refused to peacefully handover to his successor.

    The former president only accepted to leave after a UN-backed mediation by ECOWAS and AU, which had UN Security Council mandate to use every possible way to remove him, broke a deal to avoid the use of force.

    Jammeh finally left Banjul on Jan. 21 for exile in Equatorial Guinea after a protracted political crisis in the country. (NAN)


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  • JAMMEH mitosis - THE NATION NIGERIA

    16/Jan/2017 // 1138 Viewers

     

    It is three days to curtains call for Yahya Jammeh’s tenure as president of The Gambia, but he just doesn’t get the message his time is up. Seven weeks after he was defeated at the poll by opposition challenger, Adama Barrow, this title-tripping ruler insists on tossing off the electoral verdict, thumbs his nose at international opinion and digs his heels deeper into power. But his legitimacy is invariably terminating.

    By this week-out, he would have fully mitosised from the chief law-keeper of The Gambia to the chief outlaw. Unfortunately, his illicit and desperate hold on the levers of power would continue to stash up casualties.

    For the length of time that Jammeh manages to hold out in his political brigandage beyond the January 19 expiration of his tenure, The Gambia would inevitably be on the boil. Besides, his example is bad news for the culture of democracy – particularly in the West African sub-region, but also in all of Africa. He has to be kicked out soonest.

    It is a shame that Mr. Jammeh can’t muster sufficient literacy of mind to read the writing on the wall. Every straw he is clutching unto to justify his coup against electoral democracy isn’t serving his purpose. For instance, Jammeh said his country’s constitutional order is that only the Supreme Court could validly pronounce on who should be president, and he would thus not let go on power until such a pronouncement is made. Fact-check his assertion and you would find there is neither a constituted Supreme Court presently in The Gambia to render the important service Mr. Jammeh craves, nor is there any particular provision in the country’s Constitution to sustain his thesis.

    The Gambia’s Supreme Court that was billed to hear the petition brought by the ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) against the outcome of the December 1 election, in which Barrow triumphed, could not sit as scheduled on January 10 because there were no justices. The country relies on foreign judges to staff its Supreme Court owing to lack of local skill, and Jammeh’s election challenge was slated to be heard by five judges, among them Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle who is a Nigerian. But the judges drawn from Nigeria and Sierra Leone were absent last Tuesday. Fagbenle told Jammeh’s lawyers who were in court that he needed a full panel to hear the petition, and that the outsourced judges were unlikely to be available until either May or November. Put in other words, the awaited decision on the election challenge is effectively down in the long grass.

    Following that judicial false start, Jammeh returned to his country’s airwaves, requesting Gambians to await the Supreme Court verdict pending which he would not step down. Even though the Chief Justice had openly advised that mediation is the best way forward, he said his cabinet and the National Assembly would remain in place until the court decides on his petition so to ensure that the rule of law is upheld. “(Under the Constitution), only the Supreme Court can review our challenge, and only the Supreme Court can declare anyone president,” he added.

    I bothered to check The Gambia’s 1997 Constitution, and it is unclear with what specific provision Mr. Jammeh was making his case. Section 63 of that law stipulates the terms for an elected president’s tenure, including that the electee must assume office for five years after taking prescribed oaths. Sub-section 2 of the section states inter alia: “The person elected President shall assume office sixty days following the day of his or her election.” This, obviously, is the clause that confers Barrow with legitimacy as president from January 19.

    The constitutional provision for possible extension of a president’s tenure (in the present case, that of Jammeh) is in sub-section 6, which states: “Where the life of the National Assembly is extended for any period in accordance with section 99 (2), the term of office of the President shall be extended for the same period.” The referenced section 99 (2) stipulates: “At any time when The Gambia is at war or a state of emergency is declared, the National Assembly may, by resolution supported by the votes of not less than two-thirds of all the members, extend the life of the National Assembly for not more than three months at a time, but the life of the National Assembly shall not be extended under this subsection for more than a total period of one year.”

    But The Gambia could not be said to be at war or in emergency in the present case. In any event, the country’s National Assembly has made no resolution to such effect. And so, Jammeh’s appropriation of the National Assembly’s tenure along with his own in awaiting the Supreme Court verdict seems an untidy bid to invoke the stated clause. However, election petitions are private processes on which the country’s Constitution has not made presidential tenure contingent.

    Added to his judicial adventure, Mr. Jammeh has been railing at the international community for what he considered foreign interference in his country’s domestic affairs. Against the backdrop of a threat by sub-regional Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to deploy troops for his ouster that has been endorsed by the United Nations (UN) and African Union (AU), the embattled ruler last week pilloried the world bodies for their “hasty resolutions,” which he said were at variance with the “peaceful nature” of the election dispute so far. “Our review and investigation have revealed an unprecedented level of foreign interference in our elections and internal affairs. And also, a sustained smear campaign, propaganda and misinformation,” he said, vowing The Gambia would not allow any organisation, treaty or law to supersede its Constitution.

    It is uncertain though how much longer Jammeh’s illusion of “peaceful nature” of The Gambia’s election crisis would be sustained. Adama Barrow has vowed to take oath as president come Thursday, and indications are the new president would brave the odds to assume legitimacy on January 19, while Jammeh would go all out to stop him. That isn’t a scenario that portends much peace for the country, or indeed for the entire sub-region. More important, someone needs to tell Jammeh that elections have gone from being private affairs of individual countries to an internationally benchmarked universal project. That is why foreign observers are always on hand in all countries where elections hold, added to domestic ones. Otherwise, despots would freely deploy the charade of elections to legitimize their perpetuity in office before the world.

    It is time for Jammeh to go. President Muhammadu Buhari led ECOWAS mediators on another mission to Banjul at the weekend, but it seems not much headway was made with negotiating the man out of power. Meanwhile, The Gambia has been on steady descent into chaos. Since Jammeh’s volte-face on the December 1 poll, Gambians have mounted civil actions to force his exit. A string of high profile defections from the tiny country hallmarks a bourgeoning refugee crisis. 

    Envoys of The Gambia have spoken up from their duty stations and were summarily fired, and by implication exiled, by Jammeh. On Monday, last week, Jammeh’s Communication Minister Sheriff Bojang stepped down and fled the country; so also has Alieu Momarr Njai, chairman of the country’s Independent Electoral Commission, who has fled to Senegal. Private radio stations sympathetic to Barrow’s narrative have been shut down, while local new sites said agents of government have arrested people wearing t-shirts bearing the inscription ‘Gambia Has Decided,’ which is a known slogan of Barrow supporters.

    ECOWAS has signified it would deploy multinational forces against Jammeh if he can’t be persuaded to honour electoral verdict within his country’s constitutional framework. Now is the time to act, as further delay portends bigger crises. Kick Jammeh out now!

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  • JUST IN: JAMMEH battle ready for final showdown, more people flee BANJUL as military hardware moved into streets

    16/Jan/2017 // 3488 Viewers

     

     A Gambian, Mrs Fatou Abdoulaye who has arrived Calabar in Nigeria has said there has been build up of military hardware all over the streets of Banjul, the national capital, and other parts of the tiny country on the orders of President Yayha Jammeh who lost the December 1, 2016 presidential election.

    Though he initially conceded defeat, a week after he refused to accept the result of the election leading ECOWAS to send a mediation read headed by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari.

    Fatou, in her 50s and a private citizen, said a good number of Gambians and foreigners including Nigerians resident in the country have fled out of fear that there could be military action either by ECOWAS against the beleaguered regime of Jammeh, or Jammeh himself could decide to attack ECOWAS citizens and interests.
    She appealed to Nigeria and other countries to help her country urgently.


    "We appeal to Nigeria and other friendly countries to kindly help u our country.  Jammeh is clinging to power by force....  Half of the country's population have left the country for fear of blood shed .


    "We are on our knees begging for God's early intervention because the guy has decorated the streets with military tankers and weapons of mass destruction never b4 seen in these parts of Africa"!
    According to her, there have been reports of missing persons in Gambia in recent times, and because of fear the press and people are afraid to speak out.

     


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  • Tears as DOG reportedly kills 8-year-old son of BARROW, Gambia's poll winner

    16/Jan/2017 // 1872 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 16, 2017: (DGW) IT is  sorrow and trying times for Adama Barrow, Gambia's presidential poll winner as Habibou Barrow, his eight-year-old died today after being bitten by a dog, Freedom Newspaper, a Gambian online publication has just reported.

    According to the report,  the dog attacked the younger Barrow in Manjie-Kunda, near the Gambian capital of Banjul.

    “I can confirm to you that the president-elect Barrow’s son has been killed by a dog at Manjie,” the source was quoted as saying.

    “I am just from the death house in Banjul. Hamat Bah and the coalition team are there.

    “The boy is eight years old. Barrow’s sister was also at the death house. She said the president’s son passed away.”

    The newspaper said the media team of Gambia’s incoming president could not say whether the incident was planned or not.

    “Honestly, the media team is not aware. The boy was not staying in Barrow’s house in Brufut,” the team said.

    The funeral of the deceased, who was the child of Barrow’s second wife, has already taken place.

    Quoting local newspapers, the BBC said Barrow has two wives and four other children.

    The president-elect is currently in Senegal ahead of his planned inauguration.



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  • GAMBIA: Hope for peaceful resolution in sight as JAMMEH sends powerful message to ECOWAS leaders, to make STATEMENT soon

    16/Jan/2017 // 3077 Viewers

     

    Gambian president Yahya Jammeh on Sunday placed a call to Liberian president and chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to help facilitate the release of judges to sit on the election petition filed by his party.

    The four-minute video that showed Jammeh appealing to Sirleaf to help Gambians to use the courts to peacefully resolve the political impasse arising from the December 1 polls.

    Transcript of Jammeh’s call to Sirleaf

    Sirleaf: Yeah, you wanted to talk to me again.
    Jammeh: With regards to our last meeting when you came here, I want to request your assistance as the chairperson of the ECOWAS authority of Heads of State. To help us resolve this impasse peacefully through the courts.

    I hereby request you for ECOWAS to facilitate the release of the judges so that they can come and help us resolve constitutionally (through the constitution of the Gambia). As I said, the only peaceful resolution of this impasse is through the courts.

    Everything that we are doing is based on the constitution of the Republic of the Gambia and an application has also been filed at the Supreme Court of the Gambia for an injunction to restrain Adama Barrow from being sworn-in, as well as restrain the Chief Justice and any other party from swearing-in Adama Barrow into office until this application is decided either way or the status quo must remain.

    That is until such a time that the Supreme Court has made a decision on this, the status quo cannot change. But under the constitution of the Gambia, the so-called 19 of January is not cast in stone as we have an injunction in the court and we have a problem with our election.

    All parties should await the outcome of the Supreme Court which will be the only legal entity to thrash out this case, once and for all. I want to assure you that whatever we want to do will be based on the constitution of the Gambia.

    And as we discussed that all must pass through the constitution of the Gambia which is the supreme authority. So I once again renew my request for you as the chair to request for the ECOWAS to facilitate the coming of the judges so that they can hear this case as soon as possible.

    Sirleaf: Okay Mr President, so like I told you when we talk before, I am going to work on this right away. I am going to consult with all the mediating teams and tell them what you have said. Like I told you before, it will be a good idea if you just put out a statement. 
    Jammeh: Yes

    Sirleaf: As we agreed before, just a short statement coming from you, that will be very important to the mediation team, coming from you making a request to the ECOWAS body that you only want peace and you are going to follow the constitution.

    There is an infraction, the will please find and get the judges for you and a court decision must be the way to go. A small statement like that will make everybody comfortable. Then we can move on and encourage Nigeria and other people to get the justices to come there.
    Jammeh: I promise you I’m going to do it today, and I am going to do it today my sister.

    Sirleaf: Alright
    Jammeh: You have my word for it.

    Sirleaf: Thank you so much
    Jammeh: Thank you so much, all the best

    Sirleaf: Thank you, thank you for helping us to all find peace, Gambia needs peace, ECOWAS wants peace. 
    Jammeh: Insha Allah, I guarantee you that by the grace of Allah we will work for a peaceful resolution.

    The Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) declared Adama Barrow – an opposition coalition candidate as winner of the polls. Barrow is currently in Senegal and will fly in on Thursday january 19 to be sworn-in as president.

    Jammeh has applied for an injunction to be placed on the swearing in. An earlier court case on the validity of the polls could not be heard because of lack of judges.

    Gambia often imports judges from fellow West African countries especially from Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Its current Chief Justice is a Nigerian, Emmanuel Fagbenle


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  • “Angel’ shows up in church

    16/Oct/2016 // 838 Viewers

     

    A strange image of a perceived supernatural being believed to be an angel has been captured on camera during a church service by the Arjarquah Ministries in the Eastern region.

    The picture has subsequently gone viral on social media in particular, on the walls of some powerful men of God including Prophet Kofi Danso, a Canadian-based Ghanaian Prophet, who ministered at the interdenominational service when the incident took place, at the Koforidua Center for National Culture .

    Starr News understands several miracles were recorded during the revival program.

    According to reports, a female church member who was supposedly filled by the Holy Spirit during the service, saw the strange image on the walls of the auditorium at the time the service had closed around 12:30am and took the pictures after zooming in with her phone.

    Angel in ghana


    The strange being was captured on phone after the church service
    The image then disappeared before she could prompt the ushers who were praying nearby after the service.

    The leader of the church reportedly announced the wonderful sighting to the congregation in church the following day.

    Scores of politicians, musicians and radio personalities including Black Rasta have been attending the program for spiritual impartation.

    Credit:GHANABreakingnews


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  • Danger Alert! Swiss firms dump dirty fuel in Nigeria, other West African countries

    16/Sep/2016 // 765 Viewers

     

    Swiss trading companies are blending and dumping dirty fuel in Nigeria and other West African countries with more than 100 per cent toxic (sulphur) levels allowed in Europe, causing health and environmental hazards, according to a report.

    The report, “Dirty Diesel” from Swiss, watchdog group, Public Eye, said the companies are taking advantage of weak African regulatory standards to use cheap and dirty additives to create what’s called “African Quality” fuels.

    Senegal and Ghana are the other countries mentioned in the report. Vitol, Trafigura, Addax & Oryx and Lynx Energy have been named because they are shareholders of the fuel retailers. The practice is not illegal. The report quotes Swiss trading giants, Oryx, Trafigura and Vitol as noting that the blends met standards in the importing countries, with the largest amounts going to Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana. They said they have no vested interest in keeping sulphur levels higher than they need to be.

    But Public Eye accused the companies of lowering a fuel’s quality to just above a country’s legal limits to maximise profits by adding toxic products known to cause respiratory diseases.

    Although this is within the limits set by national governments, the sulphur contained in the fumes from the diesel fuel could increase respiratory illnesses like asthma and bronchitis in affected countries, health experts said.

    The picture is changing but there are still several African countries that allow diesel to have a sulphur content of more than 2,000 parts per million (ppm), with some allowing more than 5,000ppm, whereas the European standard is less than 10ppm.

    Rob de Jong from the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) told the BBC that there was a lack of awareness among some policy makers about the significance of the sulphur content. For a long time, countries relied on colonial-era standards, which have only been revised in recent years.

    Another issue is that in the countries where there are refineries, these are unable, for technical reasons, to reduce the sulphur levels to the standard acceptable in Europe. This means that the regulatory standard is kept at the level the refineries can operate at.

    Some governments are also worried that cleaner diesel would be more expensive, therefore, pushing up the price of transport. But De Jong argued that the difference was minimal and oil price fluctuations were much more significant in determining the diesel price.

    The sulphur particles emitted by a diesel engine are considered to be a major contributor to air pollution, which the World Health Organisation (WHO) ranks as one of the top global health risks.
    It is associated with heart disease, lung cancer and respiratory problems.

    WHO said that pollution is particularly bad in low and middle income countries. Reducing the sulphur content in diesel would go some way to reducing the risk that air pollution poses.

    Meanwhile, Deputy Director, Public Affairs, at the Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR), Dorothy Bassey told Daily Sun in a telephone interview that there is no cause for alarm as all petroleum products are tested before entering the shores of the country. According to her, any product or products that fail the specification test are sent back to the country of origin.

    ‘’But if by error of omission or commission any product/s that fall short of the required specification find their way into the country, the importer of such products will be severely sanctioned,’’ she said.
    On his part, the  NNPC spokesman, Mr. Mohammed Garbadeen, said that, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) will not deliberately import toxic fuel into the country.


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  • As Gambians lose fear, President JAMMEH's isolation grows

    17/Dec/2016 // 1695 Viewers

     

    (BANJUL) : Lawyers, trade unions, teachers and journalists have joined a growing chorus of demands for Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to accept his defeat in a Dec. 1 election, as people lose their fear of the man who has ruled them for the past 22 years.
     
    As lawyers prepared to attend a meeting of the Gambian Bar Association on Monday, the intelligence service rang them with threats and monitored the ritzy Coco Ocean Hotel where they gathered, said the association's Secretary General Aziz Bensouda.
     
    But since the shock opposition victory that brought Gambians out on the streets of the capital Banjul in boisterous celebration, the familiar menacing tactics have lost their usual effectiveness.
     
    "The intimidation did not work," said Bensouda. "At the end, no one feared anything."
     
    After first conceding defeat to little-known challenger Adama Barrow, Jammeh last week rejected the voting results and his party is challenging them at Gambia's Supreme Court.
     
    Whether the small West African country can achieve its first peaceful transition of power in more than 50 years is an important question for a region long used to authoritarian rulers and sporadic coups. A top United Nations official said this week that Jammeh would face strong sanctions if he tried to cling to power beyond the end of his elected term next month.
     
    Following the five-hour bar association meeting, dozens of lawyers stood on the tiled steps of the resort's meeting room at dusk and accused Jammeh of "treason" for refusing to step down.
     
    Just a few onlookers were present, but the statement prompted an unprecedented cascade of similar denunciations.
     
    The next day, the Gambia Teachers Union called Jammeh's refusal to leave office a "recipe for chaos and disorder which undoubtedly endangers the lives of all Gambians."
     
    On Wednesday, the Gambian press union, one of the most harshly persecuted groups under Jammeh, said he must back down.
     
    "The defeat was conceded. There is, therefore, no turning back," it said.
     
    Transport and medical unions and the Chamber of Commerce echoed that call in statements on Thursday.
     
    "ILLUSION SHATTERED"
     
    The public demands have left Jammeh, who took power in a 1994 coup and once vowed to rule for "a billion years", looking isolated both internationally and domestically in the country of 1.8 million.
     
    Gambians are now openly speaking out against him in places they didn't dare before - in taxis, markets and on the phones and computers they used to worry were tapped.
     
    "The illusion of Jammeh as Gambia's all-seeing and all-knowing overlord has been shattered for ever. The fear among Gambians is gone," said Jeffrey Smith from campaign group Vanguard Africa.
     
    The lawyers who first spoke out against Jammeh had pent-up frustrations to voice. Their jobs had long been a struggle. Gaining access to detained clients was often impossible in the face of recalcitrant security officials. Many received death threats for representing Jammeh's political opponents.
     
    With Gambians too fearful to serve on the Supreme Court and the High Court, lawyers and judges have had to be brought in from abroad to fill key positions.
     
    So when the association brought forward this week's meeting to discuss the president's defiance, its attendance ballooned from the usual couple of dozen members to nearly 100.
     
    As they scoured the constitution for legal arguments against Jammeh, the tense atmosphere was suddenly broken.
     
    "A senior lawyer said, 'Let's just call it what it is. It is treason.' The room exploded in applause," said Bensouda, who was present.
     
    The lawyers voted to approve that wording, then celebrated with a meal of butter-fried shrimp and beef brochettes. Many hugged and laughed.
     
    "We have compromised ourselves for too long and have not stood up because of fear," said Bensouda. "When Jammeh lost the election, it solidified everyone."

    (Reuters)


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  • ECOWAS summons EXTRA-ORDNIARY MEETING, to discuss crises in The GAMBIA, GUINEA BISSAU, decide next line of action

    17/Dec/2016 // 2337 Viewers

     

    At the 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government (HOSG) scheduled to hold today in Abuja, the political crisis in Gambia would top the agenda.
    President Muhammadu Buhari, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf of Liberia and current Chairperson of the Authority of HOSG, and President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra-Leone, were in The Gambia on Tuesday.

    The leaders went to convince the long-ruling President Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power after losing an election on 1 December.

    The leaders urged Jammeh to reconsider his rejection of the election results, based on what he called “tallying errors” and his call for new elections.

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the Chairperson of ECOWAS also said leaders of the sub-region would address the situation in Guinea Bissau.

    The ECOWAS chairperson had described the situation in Guinea Bissau as ‘very complicated’, noting that “it is pertinent to choose a leader that reflected the will of the people”.

    In April 2012, the military staged a coup d’état in that country, and military leaders and a coalition of political parties announced the formation of a Transitional National Council, under international pressure.

    Guinea-Bissau has also been in a political impasse since August 2015, when President José Mario Vaz sacked the Prime Minister Domingos Simoes Pereira, leader of the ruling African Party for the Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde.

    Vaz also dissolved the government on Nov. 12 in an attempt to solve a political succession crisis.

    A delegation from ECOWAS on Nov. 6 demanded that Vaz name a new prime minister and deal with dissenting deputies with the aim of resuming parliament’s normal functions.

    It was also gathered that the summit would consider the report of the 77th Ordinary Season of the ECOWAS Council of Ministers and the 37th session of the Mediation and Security Council.

    The meeting would also consider the 2016 Annual Report of the President of the commission and discuss the sub-regions strategy for elections to African union positions.

    A final communiqué is expected to be presented at the end of the meeting.


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  • ECOWAS SUMMIT TODAY: More trouble for JAMMEH as regional leaders sentence him in ABUJA ahead of January 19

    17/Dec/2016 // 1951 Viewers

     

    West Africa’s regional bloc ECOWAS unanimously passed a sentence insisting that Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh steps down when his mandate ends in January because he lost an election, the bloc’s chairwoman, President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, said on Saturday.

    Her comments came at the start of an ECOWAS summit in the Nigerian capital aimed at DECIDING AN ACTION ON AGAINST JAMMEH in the face of what regional leaders say is a challenge to its principles of democratic accountability.

    Johnson Sirleaf did not spell out what measures the bloc would take but they could include sanctions, which could hurt Gambia because ECOWAS member Senegal is the country’s only neighbour.

    “It’s now important that the authority at this summit considers measures to bring the matter to a successful conclusion before January 19 … when the mandate of the current President expires,” Johnson Sirleaf told the summit.

    Jammeh’s 22 years in power have been marked by allegations of human rights abuses and repression against perceived political opponents. He lost a Dec. 1 election to little-known challenger Adama Barrow and is due to step down on January 18.

    Initially, he conceded defeat but a week ago he rejected the results and called for a fresh vote in a move that was widely condemned. His party is now challenging the result in Gambia’s Supreme Court, reports Reuters.

    Johnson Sirleaf’s remarks follow a mission to Gambia this week accompanied by the leaders of several West African countries including Nigeria and Ghana, whose President John Mahama lost a December 7 election and said he would step down.


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