Breaking: Gambia’s president Jammeh declares state of emergency
With just two days left in office, Gambia’s president, Yahya Jammeh, has declared a national state of emergency.
The announcement of the state of emergency is coming hours after Gambia’s ministers for finance, foreign affairs, trade and the environment resigned from Jammeh’s government.
Jammeh in a national TV address on Tuesday, January 17, said that the 90-day measure was necessary because of “the unprecedented and extraordinary amount of foreign interference” in a December 1 presidential vote, which he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow.
The state of emergency bans “acts of disobdience” and “acts intended to disturb public order”.
Jammeh who has ruled the small West African country since 1994, initially conceded defeat but a week later contested the poll’s results stating irregularities.
He is refusing to step down despite international pressure and the threat by other West African nations of a military intervention.
Last week, Sheriff Bolang, the country’s information minister resigned and fled over the refusal of Jammeh to step down after his defeat in the December, 2016 poll.