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Gambia's president under pressure to step down

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 01:22

Critics say Gambia's president Yahya Jammeh is ''behaving like a dictator'' by rejecting the result of last week's election. Now the country's top court will decide what happens next. Eve Johnson reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: THIS EDIT CONTAINS MATERIAL WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY 4:3 Uneasy calm in the West African country of Gambia, seized by a power struggle at the top. Strongman president Yahya Jammeh voted out of office last week. But he's refusing to step down after 22 years on the job. Critical voices at home and abroad now raising alarm bells. (SOUNDBITE) (English) HEAD OF PPP, OUMAR JALLOW, SAYING: "My reaction is that Jammeh is typically behaving like a dictator who doesn't want to relinquish power to a peaceful and democratic process." Opposition candidate Adama Barrow swept to victory last week, sparking celebrations across the country. Jammeh first conceded defeat then backtracked, calling the elections "flawed" and demanding another round of polls. (SOUNDBITE) (English) BANJUL RESIDENT, BAGAN N'DJAI, SAYING: "He ruled us for 22 years. We say change, just change, so that we evolve as a country." Jammeh's party plans to contest the election results in court. Meanwhile rights groups are warning of potential unrest ahead. Critics say Jammeh's ruled Gambia with an iron fist, putting his political opponents behind bars and threatening to kill homosexuals. Some blasting his latest move as "nothing more than a coup d'etat."

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Gambia's president under pressure to step down

Monday, December 12, 2016 - 01:22