Op­po­si­tion wants pres­i­dent to step down im­me­di­ately

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

DAKAR, SENE­GAL | Gam­bia’s op­po­si­tion has called on de­feated Pres­i­dent Yahya Jam­meh to im­me­di­ately step down from power, call­ing his re­jec­tion of the Dec. 1 elec­tion re­sults il­le­gal.

Pres­i­dent Jam­meh ini­tially con­ceded de­feat af­ter of­fi­cial re­sults showed that Gam­bians voted in Pres­i­dent-elect Adama Barrow on Dec. 1. How­ever, last week Mr. Jam­meh said that he no longer ac­cepted his elec­tion loss and called for an­other vote, say­ing there were ir­reg­u­lar­i­ties.

Mr. Jam­meh’s rul­ing party said late Satur­day that Mr. Jam­meh’s state­ment was sim­ply a pre­lude to the party chal­leng­ing the re­sults in a pe­ti­tion to the Supreme Court. By law, elec­tion re­sults can be con­tested up to 10 days af­ter the vote.

Any pe­ti­tion filed in the Supreme Court would show that Mr. Jam­meh and his party “have no re­spect or re­gard for the Gam­bian peo­ple, are bent on ig­nor­ing their as­pi­ra­tions, and on un­der­min­ing the tran­si­tion process,” said coali­tion mem­ber Mai Fatty in a state­ment.

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