Anti-gay Gambian president rejects election results

[metaslider id=3839]Anti-gay Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Friday announced he has rejected the results of his country’s presidential elections.

December 10, 2016 at 10:49 am EST | by Michael K. Lavers
Anti-gay Gambian president rejects election results
 
 

Vehemently anti-gay Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has rejected the results of this month’s presidential elections in which he lost to an opposition candidate (White House photo public domain)

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh on Friday announced that he no longer accepts the results of his country’s presidential elections.The Associated Press reported Jammeh said in a televised speech there were voting irregularities in the Dec. 1 election.

Gambia’s Independent Electoral Commission said Adama Barrow, an independent candidate who represented the United Democratic Party, a coalition of eight opposition parties, defeated Jammeh by a 45-36 percent margin. Jammeh told Barrow in a telephone call that Gambian television broadcast that he would accept the election results.

In sum, Jammeh’s ill-advised decision to nullify the December 1, 2016 presidential election, and hold a new one, is unconstitutional and harkens back to the days of military rule and military decrees. It is effectively another coup detat, an unconstitutional grab of power backed by elements in Gambia’s divided military. However, Jammeh’s options are narrowing quickly by the hour. He can climb down from his rigid and untenable position to avert the wrath of a Senegalese intervention military force, and save Gambia and Senegal from unnecessary loss of life and face justice. Alternatively, Jammeh, even from a severely weakened position, could be granted limited concessions and allowed to exit to a third country with only the garments on his back. However, given Jammeh’s proclivity for violence, alongside a headstrong, prideful disposition, he will likely scuff at these offers. When and how this crisis will likely end is anyone’s guess. Yet, it could very well turn into Jammeh’s Waterloo- a rapid descend into “hell,” “six-feet-deep.”