UN, Security Council call for Jammeh to step down
The United Nations has called on Gambian president Yahya Jammeh to step down following his loss in the country’s December 1’s presidential elections.
Jammeh had lost to president-elect Adama Barrow, and had surprisingly conceded victory in a speech following the elections. Following a slight accounting error by the election-governing body, Jammeh had withdrawn his concession, and is demanding a new election.
In a statement issued by his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric, UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon told Jammeh to respect the decision of the people.
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“The Secretary-General is dismayed by the December 9 statement by President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia rejecting the outcome of the December1 Presidential election.
“The Secretary-General calls on President Jammeh and all political actors and their supporters to fully respect the outcome of the election and to resolve all disputes that may arise from the electoral process through established legal procedures in an expeditious and transparent manner.
“[The Secretary-General] reiterates his earlier call for a peaceful, timely and orderly transfer of power, in full respect of the will of the Gambian people as expressed in the election,” added the statement.
The United Nations Security Council has also weighed on the situation. In a statement, it asked Jammeh to “to respect the choice of the sovereign people of Gambia, as he did on 2 December, and to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to President-elect Adama Barrow.”