Gambia: Sub-regional Women's Forum calls on Jammeh step down

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - A sub-regional Women’s Forum on Thursday urged Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to step down peacefully and respect the "choice of the sovereign people of The Gambia" for his successor.

The Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau Women’s Forum, which seeks to promote and strengthen peace and stability in the sub-region, said in a statement in Banjul that it welcomed all the initiatives and efforts by ECOWAS, the AU and the UN towards a peaceful resolution of the post-election crisis in Gambia.

"We solemnly call on outgoing President [Yahya] Jammeh, as a pan-Africanist, to listen to his people and give priority to discussion, dialogue and consultation as genuine African values constantly observed by our forefathers, when faced with similar choices,” said the statement.

Hannah Forster, executive director of the African Centre for Democracy and Human Rights Studies (ACDHRS) said the Women’s Forum is dedicated to the promotion of peace with all its energy.

“The Forum is urging all parties to exercise full restraint and give priority to dialogue and non-violence to resolve this crisis,” she said, calling on the Gambia Armed Forces not to stand up against their people, "who have so far demonstrated a high-level of maturity, and to support the desire for change, progress and peace."

-0- PANA MSS/AR 5Jan2017    

05 january 2017 14:14:14

xhtml CSS