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UTG Faculty and Staff Association (UTGFSA): Press Release on The Gambia’s Current Political situation

Dec 16, 2016, 11:17 AM

On the 1st December, 2016, The Gambian people went to the polls to decide the destiny of their country for the next five years. On the 2nd December 2016, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced the election results and declared Adama Barrow of the Independent Coalition as the duly elected President of our dear motherland.

All the contesting candidates accepted the outcome of the elections. The outgoing President called to congratulate President-Elect Barrow and publicly conceded defeat.

The whole country and international community applauded outgoing President Jammeh for respecting the decision of the Gambian people and the will of Almighty Allah. Barely a week later, 9th December 2016, outgoing President Jammeh decided to change his mind and totally rejected the outcome of the results and even called for fresh elections.

On the basis of the current political situation in our country, the University of the Gambia Faculty and Staff Association hereby expresses its absolute condemnation of President Jammeh’s rejection of the legitimate will of the sovereign people of The Gambia.

We believe that power belongs to the people of The Gambia and they have expressed their will through a free, fair and credible election. Therefore, any attempt to overturn and derail the expressed will of Gambians will tantamount to jeopardizing the peace, security and welfare of the citizens of this country.

Thus, we call on the Outgoing President to unconditionally reverse his current position and peacefully hands over power to President-Elect Barrow.

Signed: Mr Malang Fanneh

Secretary General of UTGFSA