Gambia: One day to go, Jammeh declares 90 days state of emergency

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A day before the official end of his tenure, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared a 90-day state of emergency, Gambian State television has announced.

The terms for the state of emergency are not known as the announcement did not provide further details.

Mr. Jammeh made the declaration as Nigeria reportedly deployed a warship to the coast of the country to put pressure on the long term leader to vacate office and hand over to President-elect Adama Barrow.

Mr. Barrow was to be inaugurated on Thursday but Mr. Jammeh has said he will not hand over to him.

The President-elect has since left the country to neighbouring Senegal after the mediation intended to convince Mr. Jammeh to allow for peaceful transition, led by Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, seems unsuccessful.

Also the regional Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, has said it could deploy soldiers to force Mr. Jammeh out of office.

While Mr. Jammeh still clings to power, many of his aides have deserted him.

Gambia’s tourism and culture minister, Benjamin Roberts, on Tuesday became the sixth minister to resign from Mr. Jammeh’s cabinet.

Others who have resigned include ministers of finance, foreign affairs, trade, information, and environment.


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  • Akiika

    Africo…they never let go!

    • Sabinus

      Who is sure our own president PMB will not behave like him.

      • Anasieze Donatus

        Till then but for now he is behaving well and not stealing like Goodluck Jonagrab

        • ky

          You are right

      • ky

        Buhari will never do that by God graze

  • Rommel

    ‘Quos Deus vult perdere prius dementat’

    • Otile

      Alternatively those whom the gods love die young.

      • Rommel

        Does it mean that people like OBJ,Edwin Clark,Shehu Shagari,Ekwueme and all others including my own father who are still very much alive and old are not loved by the gods?

  • Watch man

    Sick African leader. So disgraceful!

  • JOHN

    Jammeh do not have the right to plunge The Gambia into avoidable trouble. He is a man of very low mentality who is interested in spilling the blood of the innocent. The army must respect the constitution and the wish of the Gambia people. They must remove him with the help of the international community latest on Thursday.

  • Fadama

    ECOWAS should on the 19th onwards push out this wanker called Jammeh. Enough of his idiocy.

    • CeeCee1818

      Tomorrow West African soldiers should move in and show him they mean business.

  • Otile

    Come 2018 when Buhari repeats this kind of obstinacy who will drive him away for us? Who will bell the cat?

    • bulus

      How can a human being be consumed by such hate for an individual you have never met??? You no get work…buhari morning day and night….I truly feel sorry for you bro…seek help before you turn into a security risk, in the States the FBI would’ve put your stinky ass on their watchlist…… Get a life

      • TruthBeSaid

        “Come 2018 when Buhari repeats this kind of obstinacy who will drive him away for us? Who will bell the cat?”

        Hate has blinded many and clouded their minds. So much hatred that he cannot wait and he forgets it will be 2019 and not 2018.

      • Galantman

        Dont mind the bigot. He will get hypertension

  • SAM .A

    The mad man of Gambia will finally be served his own poison on January 19, he whom gods will make mad will always go through the prodromal of psychosis . Jammeh,s sigidi has requested ECOWAS to throw him into water and let him swim .
    On 20th January 2017 , Yahaya Jammeh will become past history of Gambia .

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    This guy is unbelievable