Senegal: Gambian opposition says no court injunction can stop Barrow's inauguration

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Lawyer Mai Fatty, a leading member of Gambia's opposition coalition, has said that no court injunction can prevent President-elect Adama Barrow's inauguration on 19 January.

Mr. Fatty was reacting to President Yahya Jammeh's APRC party's motion which was filed on Thursday before a Gambian court seeking to stop Barrow's inauguration.

The APRC has asked the court to prevent Barrow from presenting himself before the Chief Justice of the Gambia or any judicial or quasi-judicial officer or any person in whatever capacity whatsoever for swearing-in or inauguration as president of the Gambia on January 19th, 2017, or any other date pending the determination of the election petition.

''Let me be categorically clear here, you can file a thousand injunctions but President-elect Barrow will be sworn-in on January 19th Allah willing and there is no injunction that can stop that,'' Lawyer Fatty remarked at a press conference held in Serre Kunda, Gambia's second largest city.

Gambia's Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) on 2 December declared Adama Barrow winner after the incumbent President Yahya Jammeh conceded defeat and congratulated Barrow 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 votes.

Since then the tiny west African nation has been thrown into political uncertainty with outgoing Jammeh refusing to step down peacefully as his mandate expires on 18 January.

Fatty went on to urge President Jammeh to respect Gambia's constitution by relinguishing power peacefully when his mandate comes to an end.

''As a soon to be former head of state, he should know what to do not to plunge this country either into constitutional crisis or a state of insecurity and uncertainty. That will be a very terrible legacy to end his term of office with and it will be highly disappointing and ungrateful to the Gambian people that a person who was given a mandate to rule for 22 years will leave this country or is bent on living this country with permanent scares, continuing to inflict previous harm not only on the constitution but on the psychology and minds of all Gambians. This would be unfortunate,'' he said.

Fatty then urged the coalition's supporters and all Gambians to get ready for the inauguration next Thursday while assuring that all would go well on that day and President Jammeh would not be able to cause ''havoc''.
-0- PANA MLJ/VAO 13Jan2017

13 january 2017 15:58:15

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