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Friday, January 20, 2017

THE DILEMMA OF YAHYA JAMMEH OF GAMBIA


Adama Barrow takes the oath as the next president of Gambia at the country's embassy in Senegal

Adama Barrow takes the oath as the next president of Gambia at the country's embassy in Senegal



New political developments in Gambia





On December 1, 2016, Jammeh initially accepted defeat after the results of the election, after 22 years in power. Then suddenly, he changed his mind and used his power to cancel the elections, denying his opponent, Adama Barrow, from becoming the next president of the small tourist attraction country in West Africa. 


A delegation of African leaders, including Buhari of Nigeria, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, the former president of Ghana, Mahama, etc, were in the capital, Banjul, to have a word with Jammeh to step down without any bloodshed or political unrest in the country. Unfortunately, all their efforts were fruitless. The adamant Jammeh has refused to step down.

Gambians are now fleeing the country to avoid being caught in any coming political chaos or fight. Yahya Jammeh has sacked his cabinet following mass resignations. Only three ministers had stayed with Jammeh as the expiration of his tenure approached Thursday midnight.

The veteran ruler has said he would govern himself as he clings onto power even as Adama Barrow was sworn-in as President on Thursday. Jammeh is currently meeting with Mauritian and Guinean Presidents who will attempt to prevail on him to leave before ECOWAS troops match into Banjul.


The newly president-elect, Adama Barrow, on Thursday took the oath of office, becoming the third president of the West African nation. Barrow was inaugurated by Sheriff Tambadou, president of the Gambian Bar Association.

Yahya Jammeh changed his mind to step down after defeat because of the fear of facing prosecution for human right violation and abuse

Yahya Jammeh changed his mind to step down after defeat because of the fear of facing prosecution for human right violation and abuse



According to the media, Senegalese troops supporting the new Gambian government have entered the country, after the UN Security council unanimously voted to support the right winner. Greed and the thirst for power have caused so much unrest in Africa. 

It’s unfortunate that some head of states doesn't take the lives of people into consideration than their greed. Could Jammeh of Gambia be one of them?

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