Senegal: Gambia's university workers urge Jammeh to hand over power

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia University workers have called on outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to peacefully hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

In a statement obtained by PANA in Dakar, Senegal, on Friday the Faculty and Staff Association of the university said President Jammeh should unconditionally reverse his current position and peacefully hand over power.

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

But a week later, Jammeh made a declaration on state media rejecting the election results and calling for fresh vote.

''On the basis of the current political situation in our country, the University of Gambia Faculty and Staff Association hereby expresses its absolute condemnation of President Jammeh’s rejection of the legitimate will of the sovereign people of The Gambia,'' the statement noted.

''We believe that power belongs to the people of The Gambia and they have expressed their will through a free, fair and credible election. Therefore, any attempt to overturn and derail the expressed will of Gambians will be tantamount to jeopardizing the peace, security and welfare of the citizens of this country.''

The statement pointed out that all contesting candidates accepted the outcome of the election and the outgoing President called to congratulate President-elect Barrow and publicly conceded defeat.

The university workers underscored that the whole country and international community had applauded Jammeh's first move of respecting the decision of the Gambian people and the will of Almighty Allah.

-0- PANA MLJ/AR 16Dec2016

16 december 2016 13:53:42

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