The Gambia’s outgoing President urged to respect election outcome

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. UN Photo/JC McIlwaine

President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia has been urged by the UN chief to “fully respect” the outcome of the Presidential election that took place on 1 December.

Ban Ki-moon also called on all political actors and their supporters to do the same.

He issued a statement on Saturday expressing his dismay over the outgoing President’s rejection of the poll result.

Jocelyne Sambira has more.

The UN Secretary-General once again called for a peaceful, timely and orderly transfer of power in full respect of the will of the Gambian people as expressed in the election.

Earlier, members of the Security Council issued a similar statement, urging President Jammeh to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to the President-elect, Adama Barrow. 

According to media reports, President Yahya Jammeh has vowed to challenge the election loss at the Supreme court.

The Secretary-General urged all stakeholders, including defence and security forces, to refrain from any statements or actions that may lead to violence or unrest.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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