President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia is not going to be allowed to stay head of state if he refuses to go after his elected time period ends subsequent month, the highest United Nations official in West Africa mentioned on Wednesday.
Reuters additionally quoted the UN official as saying that Jammeh would face “sturdy sanctions if he clings to energy.”
Jammeh, who took energy in a coup in 1994, initially conceded defeat within the December 1 election to Adama Barrow, elevating the prospect of an finish to 22 years of autocratic rule tainted by allegations of widespread human rights abuses.
However in a dramatic about-face that drew worldwide condemnation, Jammeh then rejected the voting outcomes final Friday, and his occasion is now difficult the result on the Gambia’s Supreme Courtroom.
“For Mr. Jammeh, the tip is right here and in no way can he proceed to be president. By that point (January 18), his mandate is up and he might be required handy over to Mr. Barrow,” Mohammed Ibn Chambas, U.N. Particular Consultant for West Africa and the Sahel, advised Reuters.
He stated Jammeh can be “strongly sanctioned” if he didn’t step down and hand over energy to Barrow, with out giving particulars.
Chambas accompanied a delegation of ECOWAS presidents together with President Muhammadu Buhari to Gambia on Tuesday however failed to achieve a deal that may see Jammeh step down.
As a substitute, Gambian troopers seized the headquarters of the nationwide elections fee and sealed it off simply hours earlier than the presidents touched down within the riverside nation.
The United Nations Secretary-Common, Ban Ki-moon stated on Wednesday that the takeover was an “outrageous act of disrespect of the need of the Gambian folks.”
Requested whether or not navy intervention was an choice in Gambia if mediation failed, Chambas mentioned: “It might not be obligatory. Let’s cross that bridge after we get there.”
The constructing within the capital Banjul remained abandoned on Wednesday other than two armed safety guards. Its entrance gate and floor ground entrances have been closed.
“Nobody has gone to work. I didn’t even attempt. Nobody has knowledgeable me that I can return,” elections fee chairman, Alieu Momarr Njai, stated on Wednesday.
The ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Building filed a problem to the election consequence, even because the delegation held mediation conferences on Tuesday.
“We don’t consider it is going to be heard by a reputable court docket devoted to making sure the integrity of The Gambia’s democratic course of,” a U.S. Embassy assertion mentioned.
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