Thursday, 12 January 2017

I will NOT step down - Yahya Jammeh of Gambia says


 Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not step down before a Supreme Court decision on disputed elections, a ruling now not expected until May.


The president made his speech on Tuesday evening after it was announced that the Supreme Court hearing would be delayed until May because of a shortage of judges, who mostly come from neighbouring countries, the BBC reports.


But Mr Jammeh said his cabinet and the National Assembly would remain in place "to ensure the rule of law is upheld" pending the court's ruling.

"[Under the constitution], only the Supreme Court can review our challenge and only the Supreme Court can declare anyone president," he said
President-elect Adama Barrow, reiterated he is planning to take office on Jan. 19, as scheduled.


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