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Statement by Kofi Annan on the Gambian elections

Statement by Kofi Annan on the Gambian elections

Yaya Jammeh should put the country first and accept defeat

Geneva, 12 December 2016

On 2 December, I bade President Jammeh farewell, and I stand by that.

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.

I 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.