“Goodwill and statesmanship” of former Gambian President Jammeh commended

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Street scene in downtown Banjul, The Gambia. File Photo: IRIN/Nicholas Reader

Former Gambian President Yayah Jammeh has been commended for his “goodwill and statesmanship” and his will to preserve peace and stability in the country by agreeing to facilitate a peaceful and orderly transition of power.

The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, the African Union (AU) and the UN made the remarks in a statement released late on Saturday.

Jammeh lost the presidential elections of 1 December to Adama Barrow after 22 years in power.

Jocelyne Sambira reports.

The UN, ECOWAS and AU promised to work with the Government of Gambia to ensure the “dignity, respect, security and rights” of former President Jammeh of The Gambia as a citizen, a party leader and a former Head of State are guaranteed in line with the country’s Constitution and Laws.

The same also extended to the former President’s immediate family, cabinet members, government and security officials, and party supporters and loyalists.

The declaration noted President Jammeh will temporarily leave the country, without any prejudice to his rights.

Furthermore, the three organizations also said that they would work with the Government to ensure that no legislative action is taken against the former President and his entourage, as well as to prevent seizure of assets and properties lawfully belonging to them.

They also urged the authorities to take all necessary measures to ensure that there is no intimidation or harassment of former regime members and supporters.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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