British MPs Join Gambia’s Election Crisis

Anne McLaughlin, MP of Glasgow North-East

Members of the British Parliament have added their voice to the call for the Gambia’s outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to respect the democratic will of the Gambian people and hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

Through a Parliamentary Motion in the House of Commons, deputies also congratulate and applaud Mr. Barrow and his Coalition team for emerging victorious in December Presidential election. The are also impressed with the composure President-elect Barrow and his team have shown during is this very difficult time in the Gambia’s political history.

The Parliamentary Motion tabled by Anne McLaughlin MP of Glasgow North-East condemned Gambian security forces for taking over the headquarters of the Independent Electoral Commission. She said such an action is “damaging to democracy.”

The copy of the Parliamentary Motion is found on the link below:

The campaign to secure British Parliamentary opposition to outgoing President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept defeat has been assisted by the Glasgow-based campaign for Human Rights in The Gambia UK(CHRG-UK).

Recently, The Africa All Party Parliamentary Group and All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group in collaboration with CHRG-UK held a parliamentary panel discussion about the situation in the Gambia.

MPs also recognised the efforts of the regional leaders and the UN West Africa office in ensuring that outgoing president peacefully hand over power his term ends in January.

Alieu Badara Ceesay of CHRG-UK, applauded Members of the House of Commons, and the government of Prime Minister Rt Hon Theresa May for their support to President Barrow and his government. “We will continue to engage with the UK government, Political parties in the House of Commons, European Union, European Parliament, and others across europe to ensure maximum pressure is brought to bear on President Jammeh and his security forces to respect the verdict of the Gambian people,” Mr. Ceesay added


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