Senegal: Civil Society Forum urges gov'ts to condemn Gambia's Jammeh

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – The West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF) has called on all governments to condemn the actions of former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and transmit such statement to the Gambian embassies in their countries.

In a statement by WACSOF's acting General Secretary, Auwal Ibrahim Musa, the forum also called on Gambians to embark on peaceful civil disobedience against the former President's regime until it relinquished power.

The forum urged all CSOs and media to continue to solidarise with the people of Gambia until their verdict as expressed in the 1 December presidential election was respected.

"WACSOF expresses concern over the intention of Yahya Jammeh to plunge the country into anarchy. WACSOF is therefore calling on the international community, private sector, development partners, United Nations, African Union, European Union, and ECOWAS (Economic Community of West African States) to undertake effective and necessary measures to ensure that Yahya Jammeh hands over power to President Adama Barrow," the statement said.

Gambia's new president Adama Barrow took the oath of office in the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal, on Thursday.

Guinean president Alpha Conde is expected for talks in Banjul on Friday to convince Jammeh to leave office or face being forced out by a West Africa force, which has the approval of the United Nations Security Council.

Jammeh conceded defeat in the 1 December, 2016 election to president Barrow but changed his mind a week later citing "irregularities".  He subsequently filed a petition at the Supreme Court which may not hear it before May, as it does not have enough judges.

ECOWAS troops led by Senegal have entered the Gambia without much resistance from the Gambian army and are poised to remove Jammeh from power by force if he fails to step aside by noon on 20 January.
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20 january 2017 11:22:41

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