Gambia Electoral Commission head flees country

Following a general election late last year, the incumbent Gambian President, Yahya Jameh, lost his presidential seat to a little-known estate agent.

The African leader had conceded defeated but later reversed his stance claiming the election was rigged.

Heads of ECOWAS states has since pressed on the Gambian leader to accept the election result and vacate office.

Jammeh has refused.

The African Union has also thrown its weight behind ECOWAS’ decision to persuade Jammeh to step down.

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Jammeh has also refused to listen to the African Union.

ECOWAS member States are said to be mulling over a military action should Jammeh refuse to step aside.

Following the heat, the Gambian Electoral Commission chairman has fled the country.

Aliu Momar Njai, the Gambian Electoral chairman said he’s received threats to his life.

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Njai had declared Adama Barrow the winner of the Dec. 1 presidential election.

President Yahya Jammeh has refused to relinquish power, challenging the election results in court.

Modou Njai told journalists that his uncle had left the country because of the threats.

“He was not willing to leave but the family had to put pressure on him.

“I understand that he is currently outside Gambia,” a source said.

Security forces had earlier occupied the office of the electoral commission and denied staff access for weeks.

They have since left the premises.

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Mr. Barrow said on Monday that he would take power on Jan. 19 as mandated by the constitution, in spite of Mr. Jammeh’s court challenge.

After over two decades in power, Mr. Jammeh, 51, lost the election to Mr. Barrow.

Barrow is a former real estate agent who was little known even in Gambia before he announced his candidacy.