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Yahya Jammeh has declared State of emergency in Gambia

By on January 17, 2017

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared a 90-day state of emergencya day before his official mandate ends.
Regional leaders have been unsuccessfully trying to persuade Mr Jammeh to hand over power to Adama Barrow, who won the polls.
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, Mr Jammeh said security forces were instructed to “maintain absolute peace, law and order”.

Mr Jammeh initially accepted the election results but then decided he wanted them annulled after the electoral commission admitted some errors, although it insists this did not affect the final outcome.

At least three Gambian ministers, including the foreign minister, have resigned in recent days.
Thousands of Gambians have also fled to Senegal, and further afield to Guinea-Bissau, amid fears of violence.

Senegal is leading Ecowas’ standby regional force and is also preparing its ground troops ahead of Thursday’s deadline.
In the December polls, Mr Barrow won 43.3% of the vote compared with Mr Jammeh’s 39.6%.
Mr Barrow who is in Senegal, is meant to be inaugurated as the new president on Thursday.

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