Amidst the political crisis that is brewing in Gambia, the country’s National Assembly has passed a resolution which states that the country’s president, Yahya Jammeh can stay in power for another three months.
This is coming a day to the end of the presidents’ tenure after losing power in December to opposition leader, Adama Barrow.
The announcement is expected to unsettle the AU and Ecowas, both of whom are preparing to use military force if need be, to eject Jammeh from power tomorrow and install Mr Adama Barrow.
Before the announcement, the country’s president had indicated he would do everything within his power to stay in power for as long as possible.
In his effort to do this, Jammeh had approached the country’s supreme court rejecting the outcome of the election. However, seeing that the supreme court would do him little help, he went ahead to declare a state of emergency in the smallest African country.
Meanwhile, the country’s president-elect, Adama Barrow is presently in Senegal where he has been advised to stay until his inauguration by the Ecowas delegation which was supposed to broker peace between the two leaders and ensure a peaceful transition.
At the moment, it remains unclear if Mr Barrow’s inauguration will go on as planned or not, and whether it will be in Senegal or Gambia.
Jammeh’s determination to hold onto power has raised serious security issues in the country. This has forced countries including the Netherlands and Britain to start evacuating their citizens.
Also, some citizens of the country are already fleeing to neighbouring Guinea, Senegal, and Sierra Leone in fear of any violence.
Worrisome for the embattled president who has ruled since 1994, is that while he has lost the support of Africa and the rest of the World, he is also fast losing the support of his ministers as five of them have already deserted him.