Apparently Gambia’s outgoing President Yayah Jammeh on Wednesday (11/1/2017) appointed a mediator to facilitate meetings between himself and president-elect Adama Barrow.
Yayah Jammeh has ruled this small West African nation for more than twenty years and following his refusal to accept the result of the Dec, 1st 2016 presidential polls, it seems like he might not let go anytime soon…well at least not without a fight.
Jammeh’s regime was filled with controversies that were criticized by human rights groups and many Western governments, so it came as a shock to a lot of Gambians when he appeared on state television to concede defeat and congratulate Mr Barrow following Dec 1st election results. The country was thrown into a state of celebration as Gambians looked forward to a new regime. But their excitement was short lived when Jammeh yet again announced that due to his perceived electoral malpractices, he would not accept the election results. The country was thrown into mayhem as many world leaders and organizations pleaded with Jammeh to step down, all to no avail.
Barrow who is a former real estate agent and little known before he announced his candidacy, is scheduled to take office on Jan. 19, 2017. Jammeh in a televised address to the nation on Wednesday stated that the ruling party’s secretary will mediate between Jammeh’s supporters and the opposition to “resolve any mistrust and issues”
This may be the olive branch that everyone has advocated for but the world still watches with apprehension as Jan 19 approaches