The Gambian lawmakers have unanimously voted to revoke the state of emergency declared by the country’s former president Yahya Jammeh as his last efforts to hold onto power after losing election to President Adama Barrow.
Jammeh, a sit-tight proud autocrat, has lost country’s Dec. 1 election but rejected the results a week after conceding, claiming the process was tainted with “unacceptable irregularities”.
But all efforts by him to stay put were opposed by the world and threatened with military action by the regional economic bloc, ECOWAS.
He filed a petition seeking to annul the results and subsequently an injunction but judges were not available to hear his case from Nigeria and Serra Leone and the two countries have made it clear that they can’t send over judges until May or November.
Jammeh and the National Assembly he overwhelmingly controls then declared a state of emergency which extended the life of the lawmaking body to May and also automatically extending the life of his presidency by 90 days.
The SOE was meant to ensure that he stays in power until the Supreme Court could hear his case.
“The National Assembly of the Gambia, being the duly elected representative of the people hereby resolved to approve the revocation of the declaration of state of public emergency by revoking the Assembly resolution approving the state of public emergency barely a week today,” Fabakary Tombong Jatta, the majority leader of the National Assembly, said.
The country’s National Assembly came under a huge criticism for supporting the declaration of the state of emergency.