Gambia President's rejection of poll results "null and void" - African Union
The African Union (AU) has described as "null and void" the rejection of the results of Gambia's presidential election by long serving leader Yahya Jammeh, calling on him to peacefully transfer power to the new president.
AU Commission Chairperson Nkosozana Dlamini-Zuma said: "The chairperson of the commission strongly urges President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power to the new president of The Gambia."
"The Chairperson of the Commission strongly urges President Yahya Jammeh to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power," Dlamini-Zuma added.
She also called on Gambia's security forces to remain neutral.
The streets of the capital, Banjul, were reported to be calm on Friday night although soldiers were seen placing sandbags in strategic locations across the city, AFP news agency reports.
Jammeh had conceded defeat on state television after the December 1 poll, but issued a statement in a surprise announcement Friday saying "unacceptable errors" were found by election officials and he is no longer conceding to opposition candidate Adama Barrow.
He told Barrow that he wanted to hand over power graciously and vowed not to contest the results. Jammeh congratulated the president-elect for his "clear victory" and praised the elections as "transparent" and "rig-proof." He also said, "Allah is telling me my time is up," and added he would move to his farm after leaving office in January.