The UN Security Council Thursday unanimously adopted a resolution, asking former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to transfer power to President-elect Adama Barrow by Thursday.

In the Senegal-drafted resolution, the council strongly condemned former President Jammeh’s rejection of presidential election results, as well as the Gambian parliament’s attempt on Wednesday to extend Jammeh’s term for three more months beyond his current mandate.

The 15-member UN body “requests former President Jammeh to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition process, and to transfer power to President Adama Barrow by 19 January, 2017 in accordance with the Gambian constitution”, said the resolution.

Adama Barrow was sworn in as Gambian President on Thursday at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, capital of Senegal.

A candidate of the coalition of seven opposition parties, Barrow, staying in Dakar since Saturday, was declared the winner of the presidential election on December 2, 2016 by the Independent Electoral Commission.

But he was unable to take over the presidential power in Banjul, the Gambian capital, because his election victory was recognized and then challenged by the outgoing President Jammeh, who refused to cede power despite the efforts taken by the heads of state of the the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), a regional group of 15 countries in the Western African region. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/


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