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Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, declares state of emergency


The political crisis in The Gambia took a different turn yesterday when the incumbent president, Yahya Jammeh, declared a state of emergency in the country. Read the full text below; 


According to a statement by the country's parliament, the state of emergency took effect from yesterday January 17th and will continue until April 17th this year. He is meant to hand over to his successor, Adama Barrow, tomorrow January 19th but it looks like he won't.


FULL TEXT OF THE DECLARATION OF STATE OF EMERGENCY BY PRESIDENT JAMMEH:
I, Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa, President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia and Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces, Acting under the provisions of section 34 (1) (b) of the constitution of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia, today, the 17th of January 2017, hereby declare a state of public emergency throughout the Islamic Republic of Gambia as a situation exists which, if it is allowed to continue, may lead to a state of public emergency. 
The unprecedented and extraordinary amount of foreign interference in the 1st December Presidential Elections, and also in the internal affairs of the Gambia, and the unwarranted hostile atmosphere threatening the sovereignty, peace, security and stability of the country. 
The inability of the Supreme Court to convene as a result of the non-appearance of the Judges to hear the election petitions, mainly influenced by foreign powers and their agents, in an effort to thwart the constitutionally mandated process, as captured in an audio recording of the absconded chairman of the IEC discussing on how plans have been made to ensure the Supreme Court Judges will not sit on time to hear the petitions against the flawed results he published. 
The current state of fear and confusion created by some of the political players in the country, which could lead to the breakdown of law and order. 
The need to prevent a constitutional crisis and power vacuum pending the determination of the petitions at the Supreme Court and the application for an injunction against swearing in Mr. Adama Barrow or anybody as president of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia, until the Supreme Court decides on the 1st December 2016 Presidential Election results. 
Under this state of public emergency, civil liberties are to be fully respected while all citizens and residents in the Gambia are banned from any acts of disobedience to the Laws of the Gambia, incitement to violence and acts intended to disturb public order and peace. 
The security forces are hereby instructed to maintain absolute law and order throughout the country. 
Signed:
His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhagie Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh Babili Mansa President of the Islamic Republic of the Gambia.
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Rest in peace, Jammeh. ..that's all I can say
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