Lately, President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has been in the news for refusing to step down for his successor, Adama Barrow to take over.
However, following the involvement of Nigerian and Senegalese troops to enforce election mandate, the Parliament has decided to extend President Yahya Jammeh’s tenure by 3 Months.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) promised to send troops to ensure a peaceful transition of power after the soviet bloc failed in previous attempts to get Jammeh to step down.
President Yahya Jammeh has ruled Gambia for 22 years and has adamantly refused to accept the result of the December 1 election, which saw him lose leadership to Adama Barrow.
The Nigerian Air Force said in a statement that its deployment is in line with the West African bloc’s pledge to enforce the election mandate.
Nigeria moved 200 troops, fighter jets, transport aircraft, helicopters and other air assets to the Senegalese capital Dakar, and they plan to take off from there to Gambia.
“The deployment is also to forestall hostilities or breakdown of law and order that may result from the current political impasse in Gambia,” the statement read.
Adama Barrow, a real estate mogul and the president-elect has been flown to Dakar since Saturday due to fear of violence, however, he would be inaugurated as scheduled on Thursday, 19th January 2017 as Jammeh’s mandate officially ended on Wednesday.
Thousands of people have been trying to leave the small West African nation after Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, in an attempt to hold on to his seat.
The president of Gambia also placed his army on highest alert and Chief of Defence Staff, Ousman Badjie, repeatedly pledged his loyalty to the autocrat.
Experts, however, don’t believe Jammeh will be able to hold up a military battle for long. Therefore, the Gambian parliament has also extended Jammeh’s tenure by 3 months as well as approved his declaration of “State of Emergency” for 90 days.