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Thursday, 19 January 2017

Gambia: Gambia’s Defiant Dictator’s Term Expires



It is past midnight Gambian time, and there is no indication that dictator Yahya Jammeh will step down from power. Mr. Jammeh is yet to vacate the State House. He met with the Mauritanian Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, hours before the expiration of his five-year mandate.
Reports have it that the Mauritanian President was in Banjul to negotiate for Mr. Jammeh’s safe exit from the presidency. Details of that meeting are not forthcoming. The two leaders had private talks before President Aziz, proceeded to Dakar, Senegal, to meet with President Macky Sall, Senegal.
Observers are hopeful that the Dakar meeting might yield a breakthrough. Jammeh might likely back-down from his earlier stance that he will not relinquish power without the exhaustion of his pending election petition before the supreme court.
President elect Barrow, is due to be officially sworn in today. He is Gambia’s third president since independence back 1965. Mr. Barrow, has the backing of the ECOWAS bloc, the African Union, the United Nations and the International Community.