- Thursday Jan 19, 2017
The last minute discussion with The Gambian President Yahya Jammeh and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz has failed, while Jammeh keeps on rejecting external forces demanding he step down.
President Jammeh was on December 1 ousted by Adama Barrow in a presidential election.
Barrow’s inauguration is expected to hold today, however, Mr Jammeh has ignored the deadline imposed by African leaders.
Mr Abdel Aziz, after discussing with the Gambian President in the capital Banjul on Wednesday flew to Dakar airport to meet Mr. Barrow and Senegalese President Macky Sall, in a bid to strengthen the peaceful exit of Mr. Jammeh
“I am now less pessimistic [that Mr Jammeh] will work on a peaceful solution that is in the best interest for everyone,” Mr Abdel Aziz said.
Analysts hope the minute yields a good result that will fasten President Jammeh’s peaceful exit.
Nigeria and Senegal have contributed their military prowess to enable a peaceful swearing in of Adama Barrow.
Mr Jammeh who has been ruling the Gambia for 22 year, earlier accepted defeat and congratulated Mr. Barrow before airing that the election was marred by malpractices.