A new twist is developing in the ongoing crisis in Gambia, following the decision by the National Assembly to allow President Yahya Jammeh, to stay in office for another 90 days.
Early Today, The embattled president declared a state of emergency
Gambia’s National Assembly, passed the resolution to allow Jammeh to stay in office for three months from Wednesday.
Recall, that Jammeh had lost the Presidential election in December, to opposition leader, Adama Barrow, and is due to hand over power on Thursday, but the veteran leader has declared a state of emergency, and says he will not step down before a court hears his election challenge.
However, it is not clear what impact the Assembly’s resolution will have on efforts by the West African regional body, ECOWAS, to ensure the former military man, who has been in power for 22 years, hands over power.
According to reports, ECOWAS is readying a military intervention force to step in, to get Jammeh out, with a Nigerian warship already steaming towards the tiny nation, which is surrounded on three sides by Senegal.