US Warns Citizens To Stay Out Of Gambia

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There are only a couple of hours left till Gambia’s fate is decided in the ongoing struggle between President Yahya Jammeh and President-elect Adama Barrow.

A Gambian supreme court hearing scheduled for January 10 will form the starting-point of a case being brought by the President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh who intends to have fresh polls conducted after the December 1 elections saw President-elect Adama Barrow defeating him.

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Speaking as he dubbed interference by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and other international bodies who have called on him to resign, a declaration of war, Jammeh said;

What we are simply and rightfully asking for is to return to the polls and allow the Gambians to elect who they want to be their president in a free and fair election



The opposition has also stated that President Jammeh could be considered a rebel leader if he takes up arms and doesn’t step down later this month. The Gambian leader’s mandate should expire on January 19 but the Gambian supreme court hearing will be an important marker of what is to come.

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As the day for the Gambian Supreme court hearing draws closer, the US issued a statement on Saturday warning its citizens against visiting the tourist destination of Gambia. They also told US citizens who are already there to consider leaving the country. The statement said;

“The US Department of State warns US citizens against travel to The Gambia because of the potential for civil unrest and violence in the near future,”

The statement went on to say that the supreme court hearing on January 10 of Jammeh’s challenge to the result was a potential flashpoint for violence, continuing; “US citizens should consider departing on commercial flights and other transportation.”

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