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Gambia’s President Adama Barrow Ready to Welcome Yahya Jammeh But Under Certain Conditions

Gambian President Adama has said he is ready to welcome Yahya Jammeh, the former president who has spent nearly 22 years in power.

President Barrow was quoted as saying that while traveling in the former president’s home town, he saw no reason to oppose the return of the former dictator, the former strongman of The Gambia, whose 22 years in office would have been marked by numerous human rights violations.

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For the current strongman of the Gambia, Yaya Jammeh, could only return and “enjoy all the privileges due to his rank of former president”, if he was willing to give up his “civil rights”. This would mean for Jammeh, to give up among other things, a possible eligibility, the right to exercise a jurisdictional function and especially the right to vote.

In December 2016, Yaya Jammeh lost the election to opposition leader Adama Barrow. But he refused to leave power, it had taken an involvement of the army to force Jammeh who denied the results of the ballot boxes, to give up his chair and to leave for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January 2017. Since then, the man had kept saying his desire to return to the fold. A return to which the new strongman of the country, Adama Barrow, would not seem to oppose.

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