Possible military intervention as Jammeh refuses transfer of power: The Gambia

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18/01/2017 from Nigeria

Assessment:

After the ECOWAS heads of states meeting in Abuja, three presidents were delegated to go revisit President Jammeh and encourage him to hand over power, however that ended up futile and today The Gambia is in a state of emergency due to this political unrest and has resulted in foreign tourists travelling back home. Jammeh’s refusal to step down is a form of power abuse and has made the ECOWAS organise military troops as standby force in nearby Senegal. Nigeria has agreed to involve its Airforce and Navy to this rising crisis as it is viewed as the hegemon in the West African region. In addition, the U.S has also issued warning to Jammeh to step down, therefore this could be a step forward for western intervention especially against Jammeh who has portrayed himself as anti-west with his strong policies. Furthermore, both the African Union and ECOWAS have declared that if President Jammeh refuses to handover after the fixed inaugural day, January 19th he will be considered a rebel and the President-elect Adama Barrow to be considered the legitimate president. Jammeh’s actions already have repercussions as businesses are starting to crumble and food prices are increasing because of future uncertainty therefore the economy of The Gambia will be affected too. Lives could also be lost as Gambians are willing to see democracy take place in their country just like it has it in the last couple of years in other ECOWAS states; Nigeria and, of recent, Ghana.