UN Security Council Strongly condemning the outgoing Gambian President’s rejection of the official election results proclaimed by the country’s Independent Electoral Commission, the United Nations Security Council urged him to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process.
In a press statement issued today, the 15-member Council called on outgoing President Yahya Jammeh “to respect the choice of the sovereign people of Gambia, as he did on 2 December, and to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to the President-elect, Mr. Adama Barrow.”
The Council also urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from violence and remain calm, and requested that the security of President-elect Barrow and that of all Gambians be fully ensured.
Further in the statement, Security Council members also called on the support by the UN Office for West Africa (UNOWAS) and international partners, especially the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to preserve stability in the west African country and work towards the installation of a democratically elected Government in the country.
The Council members also commended the Gambian people for the peaceful and transparent conduct of elections on 1 December and expressed their commitment to continue to closely follow the evolution of the situation in the country.
They further called on outgoing President Jammeh to respect the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, notably the rejection of unconstitutional changes of Government, and recalled the relevant provisions of Article 23 (4) of the African Union (AU) Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
The Senegalese Government through the foreign minister Mr Mankeur Ndiaye who spoke on the situation in The Gambia. The Minister of Foreign Affairs who gave the Senegalese government’s position strongly condemned this volte face which he considers unacceptable. “We have learned with great surprise the Jammeh public statement, which calls into question the results of the presidential election and calls for the organization of new elections. Senegal condemns this unacceptable counter-attack without appeal. We ask Jammeh to respect the verdict of the ballot box and ensure Barrow’s safety,”he said. Mankeur Ndiaye who announces an emergency meeting of the Security Council of the United Nations and ECOWAS warns “solemnly Yaya Jammeh against any attempt to infringe its nationals”. The minister who speaks of an “extreme decision” has insisted on Barrow’s safety.
Author: Seneweb News