African leaders back Adama Barrow as new president of the Gambia

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Local presidents to take all needed actions in assistance of election result that incumbent Yahya Jammeh contradicts

West African leaders have actually revealed they will take a trip to the Gambia in January for the inauguration of Adama Barrow in spite of the incumbent president Yahya Jammeh aiming to hold on to power.

The local west African bloc likewise consented to take all essential actions to promote Barrows success, leaving the door open for military intervention, as it fulfilled to go over Jammehs rejection to accept the election result

A delegation of 4 African presidents from members of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) had actually flown to the Gambias capital , Banjul, recently however cannot persuade the nations autocratic leader to alter his mind.

the Yahya Jammeh has actually lodged a supreme court case to challenge the election outcome. Photo: Seyllouseyllou/AFP/Getty Images

It came as a surprise to numerous Gambians when Jammeh yielded defeat on tv after the 1 December election after ruling the small west African country for 22 years. A week later on, nevertheless, he required to the airwaves once again and reversed his position, stating that the electoral commission, handpicked by him, was not independent.

Ecowas has no standing army, however might ask member states to send out in soldiers, as it carried out in Guinea-Bissau in May 2012 after there was a military coup. Marcel de Souza, the head of the Ecowas commission, has actually stated sending out in soldiers was a possible service.

Macky Sall, president of the Gambias just adjoining neighbour, Senegal, informed French tv that making use of force need to be a last hope.

There were definitely criminal activities. If we engage in a face-off, it is clear that the effects will be much more significant, Sall stated. If it is required to discussion and discover an escape for Jammeh to be safeguarded, why not? I am for discussion and permitting him to leave silently.

Jammeh is ending up being more separated not simply from other nations in the area however within the Gambia, as unions and civil society organisations have actually required he appreciate the vote and leave.

The bar association stated that his volte-face amounted treason, the instructors union stated it was a dish for turmoil and condition which unquestionably threatens the lives of all Gambians especially our kids, and journalism union, the medical association and the university included their voices to the clamour of condemnation.

On Sunday, the Supreme Islamic Council, previously a strong ally of Jammehs, came out in favour of Barrow after satisfying the president-elect, stating they were all set to deal with him.

This was a substantial departure for a president who in 2015 stated his nation an Islamic republic: now, it appears that just his ministers and the military stay on Jammehs side.

The head of the militaries, Ousman Badjie, recently informed the Guardian that Jammeh paid his income and was the commander-in-chief therefore he solutioned to him. It was unclear where his commitment would lie after 19 January, when Barrow is sworn in as the brand-new president. In the previous 2 weeks, more soldiers have actually been published to the streets of Banjul, rigging up camouflage shelters and stabilizing gatling gun on sandbags.

Concerns stay over Barrows security after Jammehs federal government put pressure on him to obtain rid of the Senegalese personal security company he had actually worked with to safeguard him, and among the bottom lines on the Ecowas declaration was an admonition to ensure his security. It likewise required assistance from the African Union and the United Nations, consisting of technical support.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/18/african-leaders-back-adama-barrow-as-new-president-of-the-gambia