Opposition wants president to step down immediately
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.