Senegal: Gambia's construction consultants urge Jammeh to hand over power

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) - Gambia Association of Construction Consultants on Wednesday  urged outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

In a statement made available to PANA in Dakar, Senegal, the association prayed to Allah the almighty, the omnipotent and the omniscient, ''to grant President Jammeh the wisdom to let peace reign in The Gambia - our homeland.''

''Your legacy is now to ensure a peaceful transfer of authority to President-elect Adama Barrow and thereby safeguard the life and property to which you were sworn to defend and protect, but more importantly our dignity and respect as proud Gambians,'' said the statement.

Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on 2 December declared Barrow winner of the presidential election held the previous day, after President Jammeh conceded defeat and congratulated Barrow.

But a week later, Jammeh rejected the election results calling for a fresh poll. Since then Gambia has faced political uncertainty with Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) threatening to remove Jammeh from power by force if he refuses to bow outof office on 19 January 2017 when his mandate expires.

According to the statement, the Gambia and Gambians are renowned and respected all over the world for the three cardinal principles of ''peace, patience and tolerance."

''We hope and pray that we do not become the 'Mourning coast of Africa' but rather the 'Reconciling Coast of a New Gambia in Africa'. Peace is the most precious and most fragile commodity and the answer lies in your hands,'' the association told Jammeh.

-0- PANA MLJ/AR 4Jan2017

04 january 2017 16:33:20

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