The President of Gambia has weel the state of emergency the day before the expiration of its authority

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh for the day prior to the expiration of its powers of the head of state introduced a state of emergency, which shall take effect immediately and will be valid for 90 days. The corresponding statement was made on state television on Tuesday, Reuters reports.

Jammeh, who has ruled the country for the past 22 years, standing at the helm in 1994, after the military coup, said that the state of emergency is introduced to prevent a power vacuum while the court considers his petition on the outcome of the election.

Gambian President refused to resign at the end of December last year, despite the results of the elections, which defeated his rival — the leader of the local opposition Adam barrow. «I’m not a coward. I can’t intimidate or deprive their rights. This is my position. No one can Rob me of this victory (in elections) but Allah,» said Jammeh.

Elections in the Gambia took place on 1 December. According to the official results, Jammeh scored 36.7 per cent of votes, while his opponent is 45.5%. The President first recognized the election results, but then, on December 9, he changed his mind and said he would challenge them in the Supreme court of the country. According to him, the elections have been admitted «serious and unacceptable violation». In this regard, he called for a new «fair» elections.

The media noted that the change in the position of the Jamma occurred shortly after it became known about the intention of the new authorities of the country to bring the President to justice for a number of charges against him, including arrest, torture and murder of political opponents. It is possible that challenging the results of the elections, Jammeh will try to negotiate an immunity from prosecution, assumed the journalists.




The President of Gambia has weel the state of emergency the day before the expiration of its authority 18.01.2017

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