Gambia: Jammeh names mediator to resolve Gambian political impasse

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, under pressure from within and outside the country to step down following his defeat in last month's presidential election, on Wednesday appointed a mediator to help resolve the country's political impasse.

In a broadcast on Gambia Radio, Jammeh said he has appointed Minister of Presidential Affairs  Musa Jallow as mediator general in this trying moment.

Jallow will work with the Minister of Justice and the National Assembly to draft a general amnesty bill to confirm and ensure that there is no witch-hunt so that the nation can restore a climate of confidence and security within constitutional mandate, the president directed.

“In this connection, I hereby issue executive orders to that effect that nobody be arrested or prosecuted due to acts or omissions in the pre- and post-electoral period with effective dates of November 1, 2016 and January 31, 2017,”, Jammeh said.

He appealed to all Gambians to forgive each other, especially the political class, and asked that they "continue to work together to keep and consolidate peace and harmony."

Likewise, he asked Gambians and all residents in the country to go about their business in peace and security, assuring that "in the name of Allah all will be well and this will soon be resolved in peace."

Jammeh also commended presidents of member states of the ECOWAS, the OIC, the African Union and the United Nations for their support to The Gambia, saying that even if some were mistaken, "Gambians have not got here without learning to live and let live among ourselves."

He elaborated that Jallow would ensure the public and civil services continue to work proficiently and without fear or favour in an apolitical manner in the service of the nation; to meet with all stakeholders in the country and "prepare a meeting so that all parties can be heard and we resolve any mistrust and issues among ourselves."

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11 january 2017 16:14:10

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