After a tumultuous series of events following the presidential election in Gambia, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon congratulated President-elect Adam Barrow on his electoral victory.
In a phone call to President-elect Barrow, the Secretary General restated the UN’s dedication to assist in the transfer of power when President Yayha Jammeh steps down from office.
Earlier this month, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), met to discuss President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to step down from office after his defeat to President-elect Barrow on December 1.
According to a readout of the phone call, Ban and “the United Nations welcomed and fully supported the ECOWAS decisions of 17 December on The Gambia.”
The UN Security Council and the African Union support and acknowledge Barrow’s presidency.
Ban hopes that President-elect Barrow will encourage peace in the midst of the tense political situation in Gambia.
He said in the phone call that that the UN will “support President-elect Barrow and his future Government in efforts to promote democracy and achieve sustainable development in The Gambia.”
President Jammeh has been unavailable by phone, and the UN has not been able to speak with him.