Ethiopia: AU warns of tough measures after Yahya Jammeh’s poll trick

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (PANA) - The African Union (AU) has declared Gambian President Yahya Jammeh’s rejection of the results of the 1 Dec. 2016 Presidential election as null and void and warned its Peace and Security Council would meet shortly to discuss the consequences of such a declaration.

The AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini Zuma said on Saturday the continental body was following the aftermath of the Presidential elections. She said Addis Ababa would soon engage the Peace and Security Council to consider steps to be taken to ensure peaceful change of power.

“The Chairperson strongly urges President Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power to the new President of The Gambia, as decided by the people of the country.  In the current context, she calls on the Gambian defense and security forces to remain strictly neutral.

"The AU Commission continues to follow closely the situation in the Republic of The Gambia, in the aftermath of the presidential elections held on 1 December 2016,” AUC said in a statement.

The AU ambassadors at their 642nd Council meeting on 6 December 2016 congratulated President Jammeh for the peaceful conduct and excellent conditions for the holding of the presidential election.

The Gambian President accepted defeat and congratulated the winner of the Presidential election Adama Barrow after the final results were declared by the country’s electoral body.

The Council took note of President Jammeh’s “well-appreciated” acceptance of the outcome of the election, by recognizing the victory of President-elect Barrow.

“The Chairperson reaffirms the imperative need for the concerned Gambian stakeholders to strictly comply with the rule of law and the respect of the will of their people as clearly expressed during the 1 December presidential elections that have been labeled free, fair and transparent,” the AUC said.

The AU insists the relevant provisions of Article 23 (4) of the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance should be observed during the peaceful change of power.

The AU, while reacting to a statement made on 9 December by the incumbent President, calling for new elections and the jailing of Electoral Officials, insisted the out-going President already offered his public and graceful acceptance of the President-elect as the true expression of the people’s will.

The AU warned against President Jammeh’s declaration of the vote outcome as null and void. The Chairperson reiterated the AU’s readiness to work closely with regional and international stakeholders, in particular the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations.

The regional organisations have vowed to work together to ensure the Gambian parties find the best way towards a speedy and peaceful transition and transfer of power.
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10 december 2016 17:00:53




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