Gambian president-elect tells Jammeh to transfer power like British

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The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has called on long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh to give up power peacefully, like former colonial power Britain did in 1965.

Military intervention in The Gambia is "possible" if President Yahya Jammeh does not step down after having lost elections, the head of the West African regional bloc Ecowas has said.
Military intervention in The Gambia is “possible” if President Yahya Jammeh does not step down after having lost elections, the head of the West African regional bloc Ecowas has said.

Mr Barrow, a property developer, said he did not want to lead a nation that was not at “peace with itself”.

Mr Jammeh initially accepted defeat in the 1 December poll but then launched court action to annul the result.

The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence.

Mr Jammeh has ruled the West African state since taking power in a bloodless coup in 1994.

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The West African regional grouping Ecowas has warned it will send troops to oust Mr Jammeh if he refuses to step down when his term expires on 19 January.

Mr Jammeh says the poll was marred by irregularities and has demanded a new election.

‘Better example to our children’

The electoral commission has rejected the allegation and Mr Barrow has said he will declare himself president on 19 January.

In a message posted on social media, he urged “all peace-loving Gambians to advocate, pray and work for a peaceful transfer of executive power for the first time in our history since independence”.

“If the colonialists could peacefully hand over executive powers in accordance with the dictates of the people of The Gambia, we, the citizens, should be able to show a better example to our children,” he added.

The UN and Ecowas have urged Mr Jammeh to respect the will of the people and step down when his term ends.

Last week, a senior Ecowas official said that neighbouring Senegal’s troops were ready to intervene if President Jammeh refused to hand over power.

Mr Jammeh said he would not be intimidated, and Ecowas had no right to interfere in The Gambia’s affairs.

During his 22-year rule, Mr Jammeh gained a reputation as a ruthless leader who crushed dissent in the tiny west African nation.


According to the electoral commission’s final count:

  • Mr Barrow won 222,708 votes (43.3%)
  • President Jammeh took 208,487 (39.6%)
  • A third-party candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 89,768 (17.1%)

Results were revised by the electoral commission on 5 December, when it emerged that the ballots for one area had been added incorrectly. BBC News

  • are telling me that idiot is still in power oooh world must do something

  • that idiot must be removed violently

  • Who is supporting him, ?

  • And does he think that monster will relinquish power to him by just telling him to do so? He warn the elections and the best way now is to appeal to the international community, for help. Gaddafi mate the same fate.

  • For how long has this guy been in power??

  • Aonbva Tunharo shungu kunge kadhanana kanotundumara pakati penzira kachida kubheura dutavanhu

  • Iduzvi

  • He has served 22 years chete. According to African leaders anotofirapo kana kutonga kusvika kuma 40 years. Saka ngavazorore havo kuhwina kwavo hakuvabatsire ngavatotaurirana vaite unity government

  • He is still hanging onto power? these barbarians.

  • use force to make him relinguish power

  • use militant force pn him. murodzire musamunyengerere

  • use militant force on him. muridzirei musamunyengerere

  • He controls e military so hapana hapana

  • African leaders must do something to remove this barbarian. what African leaders waiting for?

    • Eye for Eye

      They just doing taking their sweet time to remove the monster who thinks the country is his personal property read an article that the Senegalese Army are on standby to remove him if he does not .

  • Pakutoda mbumburu wena

  • Just Gaddafi him…period…I wll nt speak (Botswana…Ghana n Tanzania…nt dictators cn help nt e majority f African leaders…they thnk h z a hero by refusing t relinquish power)

  • Which African leaders?The majority of the Leaders font want to give power, Zimbabwe,DRC ,Uganda, Burundi,Gabon,the list goes on. Surprisingly these are the contries tht make the AU. The AU is a useless body which operates lyk a club for leaders. At tyms cilonialist were beter because there were jobs. Bt with our blackk brithers who are greedy,corrupt,thieves. Eish.

  • there z nothing to take Care of cz they learn from their seniors.

  • In Africa,there is nothing like a leader but dictators and war- mongers.That is why these so-called leaders are the owners of the army so that if anyone provokes him,he just commands his army to kill.Ungamudini?Hapana.

  • Come January Senegal will “saddam” him i tell you

  • Tumirai nyere mumusoro make chete zvipere