AU Blasts Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh for Making a U-Turn
The African Union has blasted Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh for making a surprise U-turn by rejecting election results he had earlier accepted.
The AU has dubbed the statement in which he rejects his loss as ‘null and void.’
AU Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has also strongly urged Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition of power other than pushing for ‘useless’ re-election.
“The Chairperson of the Commission strongly urges President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power,” Dlamini-Zuma said in the statement.
She has also called upon Gambia’s security forces to remain neutral.
This came after Jammeh rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after conceding defeat to Adama Barrow.
Speaking on state Television Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections.
Jammeh, who took power in a coup in 1994, suffered a shock defeat to Adama Barrow, who won more than 45% of the vote.