Monday, 12 December 2016
U.S. to Jammeh: Ensure peaceful transition
The U.S. has asked outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to ensure a peaceful transition to President-elect Adama Barrow, saying “the people of The Gambia have spoken”.
Deputy Spokesperson of U.S. Department of State Mark Toner, in a press statement, said the U.S. strongly condemned Jammeh’s recent statement rejecting the Dec. 1 Presidential election result.
“We strongly condemn President Jammeh’s December 9 statement rejecting the December 1 election results and calling for new elections.
“This action is a reprehensible and unacceptable breach of faith with the people of The Gambia and an egregious attempt to undermine a credible election process and remain in power illegitimately.
“We call upon President Jammeh, who accepted the election results on December 2, to carry out an orderly transition of power to President-Elect Barrow in accordance with the Gambian constitution.
The U.S. called upon all institutions in The Gambia, including the elected leadership, the armed forces, religious leaders, political parties and civil society organisations to reject violence and peacefully uphold the will of the people that was expressed clearly through the ballot box.
“The people have spoken and it is time for Gambians to come together to ensure a peaceful transition to President-elect Barrow,” the statement read.