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Vol 58 No 1

Published 6th January 2017


Gambia

Jammeh feels the heat

As Yahya Jammeh shows no sign of stepping down regional leaders are determined to see him go. There is talk of military intervention

The Gambia is edging closer to high noon as the presidential handover date of 19 January looms. Yahya Jammeh has until then to step down, and there are no signs that he will comply. He tried to bolster his position last Thursday, by summoning religious leaders to State House to persuade them to spread 'peace and forgiveness' and promote reconciliation after his decision to stay on. But his ploy backfired when the 67 clerics from the Gambia Supreme Islamic Council and the Gambia Christian Council unanimously told him to step down and walk away in the interests of peace. The embattled president was unimpressed and unmoved. He expressed disappointment at what he considered betrayal.

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