Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Preparing to step down? Jammeh appoints mediator, calls for amnesty and forgiveness


In clear indication that Gambia’s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh may soon step down, on Wednesday he appointed a mediator to facilitate meetings between himself and president-elect Adama Barrow.

The ruling party’s secretary general will mediate between Jammeh’s supporters and the opposition to “resolve any mistrust and issues,’’ Jammeh said in a televised address to the nation early Wednesday.

Jammeh ordered the justice minister and national assembly to draft a general amnesty bill, while issuing an executive order not to arrest or prosecute citizens for “acts or omissions’’ committed during the pre and post electoral period, between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31.

He said this will ensure there is no witch-hunt so that Gambians can live in a climate of confidence and security within the constitutional mandate.

He called all to forgive each other, especially the political class.

The announcement comes a day after the Supreme Court postponed hearing a court petition filed by Jammeh to challenge the election results.

The case was adjourned to Monday, since only one of a required minimum of five judges was present, the court’s registrar said.

Several West African heads of state meanwhile postponed a meeting with Jammeh aimed at helping to resolve the political crisis from Wednesday to Friday.

6 comments:

  1. But he can wish hunt people for the past Dracula tenure

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  2. He should quietly hand over to Barrow and leave the country because he is an enemy of the people.

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  3. Prisedent barrow shouldn't say that he will persecut jammah but waited until jammah left the office but now
    Jammah most hand over the presidentcy to barraw in peace

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  4. Jammah has gone too far in his arrogancy. I think Barrow deserve an apology from jammah and his political party in order to guarantee a peaceful transition.

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  5. Let them know that to build isn't easy than to destroy, black man love power so much why? Just like Obama is complaining and laments on this or that!!!!

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  6. yeah willaim while trump and the republicans are hurting the people for the wealthy!i would get pissed to you will win it starts hurting yours.

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