Bloodshed Looms in Gambia As Errant Jammeh Declares State Of Emergency
Gambians are in massive fear as President Yahya Jammeh whose term ends today, declares a 90-day state of emergency.
He decried “extraordinary” foreign interference in his country’s affairs and December’s election.
Regional leaders have been unsuccessfully trying to persuade Jammeh to hand over power to Adama Barrow, who won the polls.
The move comes after Nigeria deployed a warship to put further pressure on Jammeh to step down.
Regional bloc ECOWAS, has prepared a Senegal-led force but maintains that military intervention would be a last resort.
In his televised announcement, Jammeh said “any acts of disobedience to the Gambian laws, incitement of violence and acts intended to disturb public order and peace” are banned under the state of emergency.
He said security forces were instructed to “maintain absolute peace, law and order”.
Earlier, the National Assembly passed a motion condemning what it called the “unlawful and malicious interference” of the African Union and the country’s neighbour, Senegal, in The Gambia’s affairs.