ECOWAS, AU, UN Congratulate Gambian President, Adama Barrow

ECOWAS, AU, UN Congratulate Gambian President, Adama BarrowThe ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations have congratulated the President of the Republic of The Gambia, Mr Adama Barrow, on the occasion of his swearing-in and assumption of office.

This is following his victory at the presidential election of December 1, 2016 and in accordance with the Constitution of the Republic of The Gambia.

The joint statement was released on Thursday evening after Adama Barrow took the oath of office in neighbouring Senegal as incumbent Yahya Jammeh refused to leave office.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations equally congratulate the people of The Gambia who have demonstrated patience, discipline, maturity and resolve to defend their popular will, as expressed in the 1st December, 2016 presidential election and during the post-electoral crisis.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations once again commend the independence, professionalism and commitment of members of the Independent Electoral Commission of The Gambia and all political parties for exercising the needed restraint that paved way for the peaceful conduct of the 1st December, 2016 presidential election.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations commend the leadership and commitment demonstrated by Her Excellency (Mrs) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of the Republic of Liberia and Chair of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, as well as His Excellency  Muhammadu Buhari, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and ECOWAS Mediator, and H.E. John Dramani Mahama, former President of the Republic of Ghana and Co-Mediator, for the efforts undertaken for the resolution of the post-electoral impasse in The Gambia in full compliance with constitutional legality to ensure peaceful transfer of power.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations urge His Excellency Adama Barrow to take all necessary steps to strengthen national unity, social harmony and peace in the Gambia with a view to addressing the socio-political and economic challenges that have hampered poverty reduction in the country.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations once again urge the Security Forces to observe neutrality and conduct themselves in a civil manner, and to strongly support President Barrow by maintaining public order and security which are essential to the stability and development of the country.

“The ECOWAS Commission, African Union and United Nations reaffirm their commitment to continue accompanying The Gambia in consolidating democracy and rule of law in the country,” the statement reads.

ECOWAS Mandates Deployment Of Forces To The Gambia

ECOWAS Mandates Deployment Of Forces To The GambiaThe Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has formally approved the deployment of troops to The Gambia.

In a statement signed by Nigeria’s Minister of Defence, Mr Mohammed Dan-Ali, the federal government explained that ECOWAS decided in a meeting to use its standby force in upholding the result of the presidential election held in The Gambia in December 2016, which produced Mr Adama Barrow as winner.

The Minister added that in line with the ECOWAS directive, the Nigerian military would deploy its assets to protect the people of The Gambia and maintain regional peace and security.

 

Adama Barrow Sworn-In As Gambian President

Adama Barrow Sworn-In As Gambian PresidentAdama Barrow has been sworn in as Gambian President in neighbouring Senegal as incumbent Yahya Jammeh refuses to leave office.

The man who won The Gambia’s disputed election, took the oath at the Gambian embassy in Senegal.

“This is a day no Gambian will ever forget in a lifetime,” Barrow said in a speech immediately after taking the oath of office.

Adama Barrow, born 16 February 1965, is a member of the United Democratic Party (UDP).

Prior to his presidential campaign, he was the treasurer of the UDP and operated a real estate agency.

He established the agency, Majum Real Estate, in 2006 after returning from studies in London, England.

He has been exiled in Senegal having had his victory at the presidential election of 2016 rejected by the former president, Yahya Jammeh.

He arrived Senegal at the weekend following an invitation to attend a summit of African leaders who back his victory.

He missed the Monday funeral of his eight-year-old son who died after being mauled by a dog, as he was advised to remain in Senegal for his safety.

Jammeh, who has been in power since a 1994 coup, initially conceded to Barrow before he then back-tracked, saying the vote was flawed and there had to be a re-run.

Overnight talks with African leaders to convince him to stand down failed.

Gambia’s Parliament Extends President Jammeh’s Tenure

Yahya Jammeh, Gambia, ParliamentThe Gambia’s parliament has extended President Yahya Jammeh’s term by 90 days.

The President’s tenure is due to end on Thursday, after he lost to Mr Adama Barrow in the December 2016 elections.

The parliament also approved his decision to declare a 90-day state of emergency in the small West African state.

This is coming days after the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) promised to explore all options including the use of military to ensure President Jammeh stepped down.

Ousman Badjie, head of the country’s army, said to be no match for regional powers, has pledged his support for President Jammeh.

Mr Jammeh has been promoting his loyalists in recent years including Badjie, to ranks beyond their competence.

Nigeria’s military set sail to Gambia on Tuesday amid tension that is beginning to rise, as the inauguration day of January 19 is just a day away.

Meanwhile, thousands of UK and Dutch tourists are being evacuated from the Gambia.

The country is popular with European holidaymakers because of its beaches.

Buhari Urges Barrow To Ensure Smooth Transition In Gambia

muhammadu-buhari-sues-for-peace-in-ecowas-regionPresident Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has urged the President-elect of Gambia, Mr Adama Barrow, to ensure that the transition process is as smooth as the electoral process.

He also wants Mr Barrow to carry everyone along in his task of taking Gambia to a new level.

The Nigerian leader made the demand in a telephone conversation with the President-elect on Monday shortly before his trip to the International Forum on Peace and Security in Senegal.

President Buhari again expressed his gladness at the conduct of the contestants before, during and after the elections.

He also expressed his admiration at the existing rapport between the President-elect and other contestants especially the current President, who lost the election.

A statement by a spokesman for President Buhari, Mr Garba Shehu, said the President observed that democracy, rule of law and respect for each other are fast taking roots in Africa and that Gambia had also become a role model for Africa and the world.

He further congratulated Mr Barrow again on his electoral victory.

The President had earlier congratulated him on Saturday December 3, after his triumph was announced.

Gambia’s Adama Barrow Says Win Heralds ‘New Hope’

Gambia's Adama Barrow Says Win Heralds 'New Hope'The Gambia’s president-elect, Adama Barrow says his shock win of the country’s general election heralds new hope for the country.

Incumbent leader, Yahya Jammeh, an authoritarian president who ruled for 22 years, has confirmed that he will step down.

51-year-old Mr Barrow, who has never held political office, won Thursday’s election with 45.5% of the vote.

Hundreds of Gambians took to the streets to celebrate one of the biggest election upsets West Africa has ever seen.

President Buhari Congratulates Gambian President-Elect, Adama Barrow

President Buhari Congratulates Gambian President-Elect, Adama BarrowPresident Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated the President-elect of The Gambia, Mr Adama Barrow, on his victory in the country’s December 1 presidential election.

The Nigerian President also salutes the spirit of statesmanship displayed by the outgoing President of The Gambia, Alhaji Yahya Jammeh, by conceding defeat, noting that such uncommon gesture is crucial in calming fears of unrest in the West African nation.

While expressing delight at the gallantry shown by President Jammeh, President Buhari enjoined President-elect Barrow to be magnanimous in victory.

The Nigerian leader also commended Gambians for peacefully exercising their democratic right to freely choose their leader and called on all stakeholders to maintain the peace.

President Buhari said that he was looking forward to a smooth transition of power and working with the incoming President of The Gambia to deepen existing cordial relations between both countries.

The electoral commission head declared Mr Barrow president-elect on state television, with 45.5 per cent of the vote against Jammeh’s 36.7 per cent.

“Having received 263, 515 votes out of the total votes cast in the election, I hereby declare Adama Barrow newly elected to serve as president of the republic of the Gambia,” Alieu Momarr Njai said.

With Barrow’s victory, Gambian leader, Yahyah Jammeh, lost a bid for another term after having ruled the nation for 22 years and vowed to remain in the helm of affairs for “a billion years”.