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Jammeh gets three-month tenure extension

This video grab taken from footage shot by AFPTV shows The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow looking on following his victory in the polls in Kololi on December 2, 2016. The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow was to hold talks with his coalition to plot his transition to power, following a shock election victory that ended the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh. The scenes of jubilation on the streets after the results were released gave way to a calm but buoyant mood in the capital Banjul as horsetrading got under way behind closed doors. / AFP PHOTO / AFPTV / Joe Sinclair

This video grab taken from footage shot by AFPTV shows The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow looking on following his victory in the polls in Kololi on December 2, 2016.  AFP PHOTO / AFPTV / Joe Sinclair

Gambia’s National Assembly Wednesday passed a resolution that gave the incumbent president Yahya Jammeh a three-month tenure extension, Reuters reported quoting Gambian state television.

Jammeh lost to opposition candidate Adama Barrow in the December 2016 presidential election after ruling the West African nation for 22 years. But he later announced that the election results were flawed and unacceptable.

But Barrow, who is currently sheltering in neighbouring Senegal, maintains his inauguration will go ahead on Thursday on Gambian soil, putting the country on a collision course.

On Tuesday, Jammeh declared a state of emergency just two days before he is due to step down, citing “extraordinary” foreign interference in the country’s post-electoral crisis.

The declaration was necessary, he said on state television, after the “unprecedented and extraordinary amount of foreign inference in the December 1 presidential elections and also in the internal affairs of The Gambia.”

The declaration immediately triggered travel advisory warnings by Britain and the Netherlands, with around 1,000 British tourists expected to leave on special flights on Wednesday alone.



6 Comments
  • charlie

    Africa needs rebirth.

    • Ameh Godwin

      Wen will Africa wake up from sleep?

  • 0swal0

    Sad. But its their internal affairs.

  • Harry

    Forget extension,it’s all illegal, Gambia people has spoken and Jammeh must go

  • Azzo

    Will he keep to this extended period and vacate office?

  • Darlynstar

    Buhari should kick this man’s butt out of that office

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