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Breaking: President Jammeh suffers huge setback in court




President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia has been denied the right to stop the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow on January 19, 2017.

Gambia’s chief of justice, Emmanuel Fagbenle, has said he will not rule on an injunction by the ruling party, Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), seeking to stop the inauguration Adama Barrow.

Among other things, the APRC had called on Fagbenle to abstain from swearing Barrow on January 19.

But Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle refused to rule on the motion because he is the subject of it, BBC reports.

It is yet unclear what will happen this Thursday.

Recall that Jammeh, who took power more than 22 years ago following a bloodless coup in 1994, lost the presidential election in December 2016 and is due to step down on January 18.

But Yahya Jammeh is refusing to relinquish power after he was defeated in the country’s presidential election.

A delegation of West African leaders, led by President Muhammadu Buhari, has failed to persuade Jammeh to step down.

Nigeria’s House of Representatives has approved a motion to grant asylum to Jammeh as long as he steps down when his term expires.

Meanwhile, the president elect, Barrow, has told IB Times that considered himself the “rightful leader” of the country.

He would be staying in Senegal until the day of his inauguration.

Olawale Adeniyi Journalist | Content Writer | Proofreader and Editor.