Gambia: Elections

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th January 2017.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union, Chair, Committee on the Future Relationship with the European Union

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is his policy to support sanctions against President Jammeh of the Gambia in the event that he does not hand over power to President-elect Barrow.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

The UK strongly condemns President Jammeh's continued rejection of the elections' clear and legitimate result and his attempts to extend his term in office. The Gambian constitution is clear that President Jammeh should have stepped down by midnight on 18 January. The Government supports ECOWAS efforts to secure a peaceful transition in The Gambia.

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