Shell Nigeria Yudala
Gambian power struggle: Army Chief throws weight behind Jammeh

By News Express on 04/01/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon

Views: 290

Gambian Army Chief, Gen. Ousman Badjie.
Gambian Army Chief, Gen. Ousman Badjie.

The head of Gambia’s army has given his full backing to the country’s president, Yahya Jammeh, amid a deepening political crisis.

Mr Jammeh suffered a surprise electoral defeat last month to Adama Barrow.

He initially accepted the result but changed his mind days later, citing electoral “abnormalities”.

In a letter to the pro-government newspaper, Gen Ousman Badjie pledged the “unflinching loyalty and support of the Gambia Armed Forces” to Mr Jammeh.

Gen Badjie’s intervention follows the threat of military action by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) if Mr Jammeh refuses to leave office on 19 January.

The tiny West African state has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1965.

The dispute over the election results has raised tensions in the region, with both neighbouring countries and international powers urging Mr Jammeh to step down.

Mr Barrow won 43.3% of the vote on 1 December, beating President Jammeh’s 39.6%. A third-party candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 17.1%.

Those figures were revised from earlier totals, after the electoral commission discovered a tallying error affecting all candidates. The revised results did not alter the outcome of the election.
However, Mr Jammeh declared that he would no longer respect the result and has launched a court action to annul the result.

His security forces have seized control of the commission's headquarters in the capital, Banjul, and the head of the election commission has fled the country over fears for his security.

Three private radio stations were also taken off air, in an apparent media crackdown. One has since resumed broadcasting music and advertisements only, with no on-air presenters or DJs.

Despite the threat of military intervention and President Jammeh's protests, Mr Barrow’s team said they plan to declare him as president on 18 December.

In an interview with the BBC, Mr Barrow said he would not prosecute the former president after a transition, but focus instead on reconciling the country’s opposing forces.

“If South Africa can reconcile [after the racial system of apartheid ended in 1994], I see no reason why Gambians cannot reconcile. We are not saying prosecution; we said truth and reconciliation,” he said. (BBC)
 

Source News Express

Posted 04/01/2017 2:05:21 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

 

You may also like...
Akpabio calls for probe of AIG Bolanta, others...

Twist in the tale: Northern delegates back out...

Edo LGAs share N1.8 billion for November, absolve...

PDP lawmakers issue 48 hours ultimatum to EFCC...

Troops kill notorious Boko Haram leader, clear terrorist...

How we made Ogun investors’ haven: Commissioner

Police kill Warri robbery kingpins

Arik: Aviation Minister draws battle-line

Phone Call: Grant Fayose’s request, rights group tells...

Obiano awards N2bn Ogbunike road contracts, vows to...

TB Joshua stops free distribution of anointing water,...

Ikpeazu, last governor of PDP in Abia —...

 

Latest News Zenith Bank shareholders approve N63.4b dividend, applaud performance Weatherman predicts sunshine and haze today in the North, cloudy conditions elsewhere Nigerian Navy deploys ships, helicopter for Obangame Express 3 more roundabouts to be removed in Lekki next week: Ambode •Says Ajah Flyover ready by May Iheanacho’s property: ‘Imo CP served, expected to arrest affected govt. officials’ FG behind attacks on Amnesty International — Intersociety and SBCHROs Naira makes big gains against dollar Niger Gov wants Minna Airport as alternative to Abuja Why I can’t join APC — Fayose Fidelity Bank lends a helping hand to students of Special Education Centre, Calabar Resign or face recall, constituents tell Abia Speaker Tony Elumelu Foundation announces 1,000 successful applicants out of 93,000

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (234,239 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (212,818 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (176,996 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (161,778 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (150,297 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (132,921 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (116,307 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (115,511 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (103,075 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (98,623 views) APC cries foul as PDP’s Fayose takes early lead in Ekiti governorship election (93,237 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (88,650 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (27) Business (2,495) Business Verdict (14) Columnists (653) Complaints & Requests (81) Enterprise & Opportunities (142) Entertainment (292) Features (406) Global Business Monitor (142) International (1,306) Interviews (116) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (46) News (22,612) Opinion (659) Pidgin (8) Politics (3,622) Religion (488) Sports (1,241) Stock Watch (15) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

 

JAMB Sale of 2016/2017 UTME/DE applications

 

CBN Advert

 

Mohammed Anas thanks 'wife and girlfriend' (full interview)

 

APO Newsbreak logo

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement



 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

Loss Off Your Belly Fats, Upper Arm Fat and Body Fats In 2weeks Time.. Click HERE To Start Now!

Let us build the most comprehensive online database of worthy and credible Nigerians from all walks of life. It is worth doing!