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Gambia on the verge of war, as head of electoral commission flees

Gambia on the verge of war, as head of electoral commission flees

- There is a chance that Gambia might be headed for war, following rifts over election results

- The head of Gambia electoral commission has fled to Senegal

- The incumbent president who was defeated in a recent election, says he awaits the ruling of the Supreme Court

Alieu Momar Njie, the chairman of the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) has fled to Senegal after he got information that the Gambian authorities were plotting against him and his team.

Gambia on the verge of war, as head of electoral commission flees

Gambia on the verge of war, as head of electoral commission flees

Njie's son, Momodou informed the BBC about the commissioner's exile.

The self exile comes a month after declaring President Yahya Jammeh lost elections following 22 years in power.

"Some of his team members have also left for Senegal," a relative told newsmen.

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There was no immediate comment from Senegalese authorities.

Njie had declared opposition candidate Adama Barrow the winner of December 1 presidential elections and pleaded with all parties to respect the result.

Gambia on the verge of war, as head of electoral commission flees

Gambia on the verge of war, as head of electoral commission flees

Jammeh's party later lodged a legal complaint against the electoral commission and the country has since been in political deadlock.

The 51-year-old Jammeh, who took power in a bloodless coup in 1994, has said he will await a Supreme Court ruling in the case, delayed until January 10, before ceding power.

Jammeh's refusal to step down, despite initially conceding defeat in the election, has stoked international concerns about the future of the tiny west African country.

Both the United Nations and African leaders have called for him to step down.

In the same vein, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has warned that a military action in Gambia, following that country’s presidential election, could plunge the country into bloodletting and threaten the peace of the sub-region.

According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the deputy Senate president gave the warning on Tuesday, December 3, in a statement issued by his special adviser on media, Uche Anichukwu.

Ekweremadu, who is a former speaker of the ECOWAS Parliament, urged the ECOWAS heads of state as well as the international community to explore dialogue and to allow Gambian laws to prevail as a sovereign nation.

He called for sanctions to be considered in line with the traditions and relevant Protocols of ECOWAS in the event that dialogue and judicial options fail to resolve the Gambia crisis.

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