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I Will Not Step Down Says The Gambian President – Yayha Jammeh

The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said he would not step down and condemned efforts by West African Regional Leaders to get him to hand over power after he lost an election to challenger Adama Barrow a former security guard at Argos. Despite losing the election to Adama Barrow, President Jammeh insists ‘nobody can deprive me’ of the presidency.

Jammeh said, “I am not a coward. My right cannot be intimidated and violated. This is my position. Nobody can deprive me of that victory except the Almighty Allah.” “At an Ecowas (Economic Community of West African States) meeting was efore they came to Gambia, they had already said Jammeh must step down.

On 9 December, the incumbent president Jammeh,  reversed his position and said he would challenge in the country’s supreme court the results of the election.  He said the election was riddled with irregularities. Jammeh Initially accepted the results of the 1 December election, the outcome was seen across Africa as a moment of hope because Jammeh is being accused by human rights groups of the detention, torture and killing of perceived opponents during his 22-year rule.

I will not step down,” he said.  Jammeh’s term formally ends on the  18 January, 2017 and he is expected to hand over power to Barrow President-Elect who is due to be inaugurated.

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