Gambian President, Jammeh lambasts Ecowas mediators


Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has lambasted the regional mediators urging him to step down, saying he will not be intimidated.

Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh

The West African regional bloc Ecowas had called on him to honour his initial pledge to accept electoral defeat.

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Mr Jammeh, who subsequently said the 1 December poll was flawed, added that he would defend his country if need be. Ecowas had said military intervention might be a possibility if diplomatic efforts failed.
Mr Jammeh has lodged a case before the Supreme Court to annul the vote after the electoral commission changed some results. The commission insists the outcome was not affected by an initial error and property developer Adama Barrow defeated Mr Jammeh.

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On Wednesday, the chief justice had to adjourn the Supreme Court hearing until 10 January, eight days before Mr Jammeh’s term in office officially ends, because there were not enough judges to hear the case.


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