Why Jammeh must go on exile – Barrow

Newly inaugurated president of The Gambia, President Adama Barrow, says he will ensure a smooth handover when his tenure as president ends.

He also gave reason former President, Yahya Jammeh was allowed to go on exile.

Barrow was speaking in an interview with the Nigeria Television Authority, NTA, on Sunday night.

He thanked Africa and world leaders for the contribution in ensuring the success of the December 1 presidential election he won.

He promised to put in place laws that will ensure smooth transfer of power within the given term of office.

“This time the democratic principle will be reinstated. And we will improve on them. We will put in place laws that nobody will stay long. Laws like term limit.

“Every president will know that; ‘look I am president but at this time I will leave power.’ You will behave yourself and try to work for the country so that you will leave a good legacy.”

He further explained that former President, Yahya Jammeh, was allowed to leave the country, in order to ensure his (Jammeh’s) safety.

“We don’t want him to stay in the Gambia, because we cannot guarantee his security.

“The security situation in the Gambia is fragile. It’s a very difficult situation. And if you allow a former President to stay in your country, you have to guarantee his security.

“If you cannot guarantee his security, it will be impossible for us to keep him. That is why our stand is; let him leave to a foreign land. In the future he might come back if things settle down,” Mr. Barrow said.

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