Situation in The Gambia
(Statement by Foreign Press Secretary Yasuhisa Kawamura)
January 19, 2017
- Japan strongly condemns that Mr. Yahya Jammeh, who has been the President of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia for years, continues to refuse a transfer of power against the will of the Gambian people expressed in the presidential election held on December 1, 2016.
- Japan calls on Mr. Jammeh to respond to the mediation efforts of the international community, most notably that of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), and swiftly implement the transition of power to Mr. Adama Barrow, who was elected as the new President.
- Japan highly commends ECOWAS’s efforts towards the realization of a peaceful transition in The Gambia and continues to hope that all parties concerned in The Gambia will act in the spirit of cooperation for a peaceful transfer of power.
[Reference] State of affairs in The Gambia
1. As a result of the presidential election held in December 2016, Mr. Adama Barrow was elected as the new President.
2. Mr. Jammeh at one point admitted his defeat in the election but later revised his position and is refusing to transfer the power to the new President, Mr. Barrow.