Gambia’s President-elect denies death reports

Gambia’s President-elect denies death reports

Wednesday, January 4, 2017 10:02 pm

Adama Barrow: not dead

Adama Barrow: not dead

Adama Barrow, Gambia President elect has denied media reports that he has been shot dead.

A television station based in the capital of Gambia had on Wednesday afternoon reported that Barrow murdered by that unknown assailants who overpowered his security guards, leaving two dead and six others injured from gunshots.

But while denying the report through hid twitter handle @adama_barrow, the president elects ‎said he’s alive and well. “We would like to inform you that the President-elect is alive and well. #Gambia‎”, it read.

Barrow defeated President Yahyah Jammeh in a presidential election held at the tiny West African country late last years.

Jammeh initially accepted the result of the election which would have ended his 22 years rule of Gambia.

But he later rejected the result, claiming fraud in the electoral process following a slight readjustment of the figures by the Electoral Commission.

Jammeh is now challenging the result of the election in the country’s constitutional court.

ECOWAS had insisted that it will ensure a peaceful handover on 19 January when Jammeh’s tenure will expire.

However, there have been fears of violence ahead of the handover date with the shutdown of independent radio stations by the President Jammeh yesterday.

Jammeh had also tagged the insistence by ECOWAS that he should vacate office on 19 January an act of war.

Barrow had insisted few days ago that the court action of Jammeh cannot prevent the winner of the poll from assuming office as mandated by the constitution.

“It should be crystal clear that filing an election petition is the private matter of a loser in an election. It does not prevent mandatory constitutional processes from taking place.

“ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations could only intervene if the two presidents fail to do, with impeccable thoroughness, what the constitution of the republic demands,” Barrow said while vowing to take office on January 19.

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