Senegal’s Sall chooses dialogue to solve Gambia’s post polls crisis

President Macky Sall of Senegal recommends dialogue as a viable route in solving the post election crisis in Gambia.

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Gambia has plunged into a crisis situation after its election authorities declared opposition leader Adama Barrow the winner in an election President Jammeh said was marred with “unacceptable irregularities”, a week after conceding defeat.

Now, President Jammeh and his party challenged the results at the Supreme Court while Adama Barrow and his coalition political heavyweights are threatening that they will inaugurate him as President if Jammeh’s term expires on January 18.

Jammeh said he has annulled the results after rejecting it in its “totality” on a televise address to the nation but Barrow and his team said he has no constitutional authority to do that.

Senegal’s President Macky Sall said during an interview broadcast on French state television on Friday that dialogue is a possible route to convince Jammeh to “listen to reason”.

He has stated that a military intervention to unseat President Yahya Jammeh after his time expires in January will be a last resort.

“The use of force can only be an ultimate step when diplomacy has completely failed. I do not think it is reasonable for President Jammeh and his allies to engage in a showdown,” President Sall said.

The use of force can only be an ultimate step when diplomacy has completely failed. I do not think it is reasonable for President Jammeh and his allies to engage in a showdown.

He called for compromises to offer justice in the spirit of peace.

“There were certainly crimes. But if we engage in a showdown, it is clear that the consequences will be much more dramatic,” Sall advised and added that “If it is necessary to dialogue and find a way out for Jammeh to be protected, why not. I am for dialogue and allow him to leave quietly”.

“I hope that President Jammeh will hear reason,” he concluded.

Meanwhile, the leaders of the Economic Community of West African States have promised to ensure the security of Gambia’s president elect Adama Barrow as post election crisis continues in the small country.

At their summit in Abuja, the institution issue a communiqué asking the outgoing leader President Jammeh who rejected the outcome of polls a week after conceding defeat to step down when his term expires on January 18.

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