UN: UN Security Council welcomes AU recognition of Gambia's President-elect

New York, US (PANA) - The UN Security Council on Wednesday welcomed the African Union’s decision to recognize Adama Barrow as Gambia's President-elect and stressed the need for outgoing President Yayha Jammeh to transfer power to the President-Elect in peaceful and orderly manner.

In a statement obtained by PANA in New York, the Security Council also reiterated its request to outgoing President Jammeh and the relevant Gambian Authorities to fully respect the results of the presidential election of 1 December 2016, to respect the will of the Gambian people and to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process, and to transfer power to President-elect Adama Barrow by 19 January 2017 in accordance with the Gambian constitution.

The Council welcomed the decision of Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State to attend the 19 January inauguration of President-elect Barrow in Banjul, the Gambia’s capital city.

It also stressed the need to ensure the security of President-elect Barrow and that of all Gambians, and called on the country’s defence and security forces to demonstrate maximum restraint and maintain an atmosphere of calm in Banjul.

It commended ECOWAS efforts aimed at diffusing the situation in the West African country, and also welcomed the appointment of Muhammadu Buhari, President of Nigeria as the Mediator in Gambia and that of John Dramani Mahama, President of Ghana as Co-chair.

Last week, an ECOWAS/UN high level delegation, led by the President of the Liberia and Chairperson of the ECOWAS Authority, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, visited Banjul and undertook discussions aimed at ensuring a peaceful and orderly transition.

PANA recalled that, senior UN officials, including UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al Hussein have spoken out on the situation in Gambia, urging outgoing President Jammeh to respect the outcome of the results and to transfer power to the incoming President.
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21 december 2016 20:43:39

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