The winner of December’s presidential election in The Gambia says there is no need for President Yahya Jammeh to seek asylum and he is confident direct talks can solve the crisis.
The winner of The Gambia’s hotly disputed election Adama Barrow told the media he is confident he will be inaugurated as President next week. He also believes President Yahya Jammeh, whose mandate expires next week, does not have to seek asylum as any contentious issues can be resolved through direct talks.
Jammeh has filed a petition contest the veracity of the election result. Barrow would like to see a “peaceful transition” of power for the first time since independence from Britain in 1965.
“We want to keep Jammeh in The Gambia, I don’t think there’s any need for him to go to another country.”
“We solve our problems within ourselves without the intervention of anybody. I think that’s what we’d prefer,” he said.
Meanwhile, a lawyer representing Jammeh, has filed motion too block the swearing-in of Barrow on Wednesday.
Mr Barrow won 43.3% of the vote compared with Mr Jammeh’s 39.6%. A third candidate, Mama Kandeh, got 17.1%.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is expected in The Gambia for talks with Jammeh on behalf of Ecowas, the West African economic and security bloc.
It has threatened to send troops to The Gambia if Jammeh refuses to step down on Wednesday.