Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Gambia declares state of emergency ahead of deployment of ECOMOG troops

Protester fighting police in  Burkina Faso 
Gambia's National Assembly has declared a state of emergency ahead of the deployment of ECOWAS military force whose mission is to eject Yaya Jammeh from the presidency after refusing to accept the verdict of the Gambian voters who rejected him at the December 1st presidential elections in favor of Adama Barrow.

The Resolution was considered and approved by the APRC-dominated National Assembly that has been locally dubbed as the "rubber stamp" parliament declaring a state of emergency in The Gambia which will cover a period of ninety days, effective from 17th January - 17th April 2017.

In the same said Resolution, the National Assembly considered and approved extending the life of the National Assembly for a further ninety days, effective from 11th April - 11th July 2017.

The resolutions were motioned by Fabakary Tombong Jatta who is the Majority Leader in the National Assembly.

The National Assembly is expected to reconvene tomorrow to consider extending the term of office of the President to an unspecified period of time which is an unconstitutional move that many legal experts believe is a treasonable office.   All National Assembly members who support such a law will likely face severe legal repercussions that will include jail term among other punishment.