Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan says he still standby his recent farewell message to the outgoing Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh. Mr. Annan said Mr. Jammeh should step aside in the interest of peaceful transition to power.
“On 2 December, I bade President Jammeh farewell, and I stand by that,” Kofi Annan, a Ghanaian born former UN SG said in a message posted on his Foundation.
“I have since learned that Yaya Jammeh is contesting the results of the recent presidential elections, after having initially conceded defeat and congratulated his successor,” he added.
Mr. Annan says he “welcomed President Jammeh’s statesmanlike concession following his defeat in the elections and encourage him to honour his word.”
“A smooth and peaceful transition of power in Banjul would send a signal of hope to all Gambians that they can choose their own destinies through the democratic exercise of their right to vote,” the former UN SG noted.
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