Gambian Leader Clings To Power Despite Regional Demand That He Step Down
“This country has been independent since 1965. And they want me to leave my country? Who are they to tell me to leave my country?” Yahya Jammeh said in a speech at the African Bar Associated on Tuesday night. “I will not be intimidated by any power in this world.”
(NPR) –This election initially looked like it would usher in Gambia’s first-ever peaceful transfer of power since independence. Jammeh, who has ruled since he led a coup 22 years ago, initially conceded defeat to his opponent, businessman Adama Barrow.
But a week later he dramatically reversed course and said that he rejected the election result, citing supposed “irregularities.”
Jammeh has filed a case at the country’s Supreme Court requesting that that vote be annulled. However, “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,” the BBC reports. The chief justice said “there were not enough judges to hear the case.”