Rwanda: Gambia's political crisis fills Rwandan media

Kigali, Rwanda (PANA) - The media in Rwanda on Wednesday gave wide coverage to preparations by West African states to possibly invade Gambia to force out president Yahya Jammeh who is refusing to quit despite losing the 1 December election to opposition leader Adama Barrow.

"The Gambia's Jammeh refusal to hand over power has created discontent among West African States (ECOWAS), of which Gambia is a member," the online vernacular newspaper 'Igihe' reported.

Jammeh initially conceded defeat and offered to guide and counsel the declared winner, Adama Barrow, in the execution of his duties but changed his mind saying the election was flawed.

"Outgoing Gambian President has proved to be a controversial leader attempting to hang on power like (Pierre) Nkurunziza in Burundi,” was the headline of Rushyashya, another vernacular weekly newspaper.

The newspaper said another major challenge was related to the fact that since the ascension of President Jammeh to power in 1994 as a 29 year-old army officer, there had been a nature of rule that his regime was not been able to detach itself from, including the organisation of clean and transparent elections.

Meanwhile, another headline of 'Igihe' reads “The Gambia's Jammeh has rule extended by three months.”

The newspaper reported that despite this decision, Nigerian troops and warship were being deployed for Gambia to sack Jammeh whose term expires at midnight on Wednesday.
-0- PANA TWA/MA 18Jan2017

18 january 2017 16:08:18

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