Gambia Crisis Parliament extends Yahya Jammeh's term

A statement from the opposition coalition read to reporters in Barrow's presence on Monday called for Jammeh to step down immediately.

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Gambia's Parliament has adopted a resolution to allow President Yahya Jammeh to stay in power for three more months, starting from Wednesday, just hours before the end of his official term.

The Gambia, following elections in 2016, is expected to inaugurate a new president on January 19, but President Jammeh who lost and earlier accepted the results of the elections has now rejected the results.

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Jammeh seized power in a coup in 1994 when he was an army lieutenant and has ruled ever since, wining four elections, that were criticised by rights monitors, and surviving several coup attempts. International human rights groups accuse him of widespread violations and repression.

He declared Gambia an Islamic Republic last year.

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A statement from the opposition coalition read to reporters in Barrow's presence on Monday called for Jammeh to step down immediately.

play Adama Barrow

 

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However, President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not step down before a Supreme Court decision on disputed elections, a ruling now not expected until May.

Adama Barrow is currently in Senegal.  He said his inauguration will proceed as planned despite the 90-day state of emergency declared by Jammeh.

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