Senegal: Gambia's envoy in US urges Jammeh to hand over power

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's ambassador to the United States, Sheikh Omar Faye, has urged defeated President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to the president-elect, Adama Barrow.

''My duty as a diplomat is to promote the interests of the Gambia and her people. I have always pushed for the interest of our people and vehemently stayed on course to help build a solid healthy bilateral relationship between The Gambia and the United States,'' Ambassador Faye said in declaration made in the US.

Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on 2 December declared Barrow winner after the incumbent President Yahya Jammeh conceded defeat and congratulated him following the 1 December presidential polls.

But one week after, President Jammeh made a declaration on state media rejecting the election results and calling for fresh election.

According to Ambassador Faye, he could no longer remain silent while Gambians live in fear and uncertainty following Jammeh's rejection of the results.

He said Gambians have spoken and he finds it morally difficult not to speak in their favour.

''I am supporting the people of The Gambia by recognizing Adama Barrow as the President-elect of the Gambia out of my personal decision and desire to protect the peace and social cohesion of our beloved country.

“I am not by any means speaking out of personal interest, but extremely worried about the peace and stability of The Gambia,” Faye added.
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15 december 2016 14:46:15

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