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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

The refusal by President Yahya Jammeh to vacate the seat after losing to opposition leader Adama Barrow during the December 2016 presidential election in Gambia has attracted the attention of the United States Government.

Speaking on Tuesday, U.S. Department of State PRO, John Kirby, explained:
"President Jammeh is losing opportunities to respect the will of the Gambian people and to peacefully hand over power to the president-elect, which is supposed to happen on Thursday.

"Doing so would allow him to leave office with his head held high and to protect the Gambian people from potential chaos.

"Failure to do so will put his legacy – and, more importantly, the Gambia – in peril, and we have been clear about thi.

"I don’t know what interference he’s referring to, but we obviously want to see The Gambia succeed.

"And we want to see the president-elect properly installed and to have in place a government, which is responsible for and responsive to the needs of the Gambian people."
 
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