- Title: Gambia Bar Association calls for boycott until Jammeh steps down
- Date: 13th December 2016
- Summary: SEREKUNDA, NEAR BANJUL, GAMBIA (DECEMBER 12, 2016) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF JOURNALISTS ARRIVING AND SETTING UP AT NEWS CONFERENCE VARIOUS OF GAMBIA BAR ASSOCIATION ACTING PRESIDENT SHERIFF MARIE TAMBADOU AT PODIUM, LARGE CROWD AROUND HIM PEOPLE STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (English) GAMBIA BAR ASSOCIATION ACTING PRESIDENT, SHERIFF MARIE TAMBADOU, SAYING: "We, the Gambia Bar Association, reject subsequently... we reject the subsequent statement by the APRC (ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction party) that it intends to file an election petition against the results published by the independent electoral commission. The rhetoric of the APRC further compounds the illegitimate and destabilising actions of the outgoing president." JOURNALISTS TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERS POSING FOR PHOTOS (SOUNDBITE) (English) GAMBIA BAR ASSOCIATION ACTING PRESIDENT, SHERIFF MARIE TAMBADOU, SAYING: "We ask all members of the Bar Association and the staff of the judiciary in particular to boycott the courts in solidarity with the people until such time as the government of outgoing president Jammeh accept the results of these elections and hand over power to the president-elect." BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERS JOURNALISTS AND BAR ASSOCIATION MEMBERS LEAVING BANJUL, GAMBIA (RECENT - DECEMBER 1, 2016) (REUTERS) POLLING STATION STAFF ENTERING TENT IN LATRIKUNDA SABIJI POLLING STATION STAFF TAKING TIES OFF BALLOT DRUMS STAFF PLACING THE MARBLES (VOTES) IN WOODEN TRAY NOTE READING ADAMA BARROW 245 BALLS/ APRC 106/ GDC (BLANK) VOTING STAFF COUNTING MARBLES IN TRAY VARIOUS OF LATRI KUNDA SABIJI AREA, PEOPLE WALKING IN STREETS, FRUIT STALL
- Embargoed: 28th December 2016 12:29
- Keywords: Gambia Jammeh Barrow election petition boycott
- Location: SEREKUNDA AND BANJUL, GAMBIA
- City: SEREKUNDA AND BANJUL, GAMBIA
- Country: Gambia
- Reuters ID: LVA0015CPWE2V
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:The acting president of Gambia's Bar Association, Sheriff Marie Tambadou, called on the nation's judiciary on Monday (December 12) to boycott the courts until outgoing President Yahyah Jammeh steps down.
Addressing the media at a hotel in Serekunda, near the capital Banjul, Tambadou accused Jammeh of destabilising the country by rejecting the election results and presenting a petition to the Supreme Court to have them annulled.
"We, the Gambia Bar Association, reject subsequently... we reject the subsequent statement by the APRC (ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction-ruling party) that it intends to file an election petition against the results published by the independent electoral commission. The rhetoric of the APRC further compounds the illegitimate and destabilising actions of the outgoing president," Tambadou said.
The United Nations Security Council on Monday discussed Jammeh's refusal to step down, with U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power later describing the situation in the West African country as "very dangerous".
The 15-member Security Council condemned the move on Saturday (December 10), calling for all parties to refrain from violence, and was briefed behind closed doors on the situation on Monday by U.N. political affairs chief Jeffrey Feltman.
A delegation led by Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of heads of state and members of ECOWAS, the African Union and the U.N., were due to meet with Jammeh on Tuesday (December 13).
Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow said on Monday that he was concerned for his safety, because Jammeh had not recognised the election results.
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