AU Condemns Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh’s U-Turn

The African Union has called a statement by Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh rejecting his loss in the December 1st polls “null and void” since he had already conceded defeat.

The Chairperson of the Commission Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma strongly urges President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power.

“The Chairperson of the Commission strongly urges President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power,” said Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma .

She has also called on Gambia’s security forces to remain neutral.

This is after Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh rejected the result of the presidential election held earlier this month, a week after admitting defeat.

Speaking on state Television Jammeh cited “abnormalities” in the vote and called for fresh elections.

Jammeh, who came to power in a coup in 1994, suffered a shock defeat to Adama Barrow, who won more than 45% of the vote.

The US too has “strongly condemned” Mr Jammeh’s statement.