Gambian Leader Yahya Jammeh on Saturday December 24 2016 announced his decision to finally step down from office and hand over peacefully to the president-elect, Adama Barrow come January 2017.
Mr. Jammeh was however quick to add that he was only prepared to leave office only after his personal terms has been met. Yahya Jammeh rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a
week after admitting defeat.
He cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections. Mr. Jammeh, who took power in a coup in 1994, was defeated by Adama Barrow, who won more than 43% of the vote. Mr. Barrow accused the incumbent of damaging democracy by refusing to accept the result. His transition team said the president-elect was safe. International criticism of Mr. Jammeh came swiftly. The US and The Gambia’s neighbour, Senegal condemned his announcement, and the African Union called for a “peaceful and orderly transition of power”.
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