Breaking: Gambia's National Assembly extends Jammeh's tenure for three months

By FactNews on 18/01/2017

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The Gambia’s National Assembly has extended the tenure of President Yahya Jammeh for three months, according to State Television.

This comes after Jammeh declared a 90-day State of Emergency on Tuesday.

Jammeh who has ruled Gambia for 22 years had vowed not to relinquish power after losing the December 1 election to opposition leader, Adama Barrow.

He had initially accepted the results and congratulated Barrow but later reversed his decision a week later.

Meanwhile, Nigeria has deployed a warship to put further pressure on Mr Jammeh to step down. Regional bloc Ecowas, the Economic Community of West African States, has prepared a Senegal-led force but maintains that military intervention would be a last resort.

In his televised announcement on Tuesday, Mr Jammeh said “any acts of disobedience to the laws of The Gambia, incitement of violence and acts intended to disturb public order and peace” were banned under the state of emergency. He said security forces were instructed to “maintain absolute peace, law and order”.

The parliament passed a motion condemning what it called the “unlawful and malicious interference” of the African Union and neighbouring Senegal in The Gambia’s affairs.

Jammeh has also lodged a complaint with the country’s Supreme Court.

Barrow was supposed to be inaugurated on Thursday when Jammeh’s tenure expires.

 

 

 

Posted on January, 18 2017

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