It appears Africa may be on the brink of another bloody conflict after an unprecedented move. The President of Gambia has issued a state of emergency a day before he was to hand over power. The BBC reported that in 1994 President Yahya Jammeh took power, but lost the December Presidential election to Adama Barrow.
Regional leaders have been unsuccessfully trying to persuade him to hand over power to Adama Barrow, who won December’s elections.
The move comes after Nigeria deployed a warship to put further pressure on Mr Jammeh.
Regional bloc Ecowas has prepared a force but maintains that military intervention would be a last resort.
In his televised announcement, Mr Jammeh said “any acts of disobedience to the laws The Gambia, incitement of violence and acts intended to disturb public order and peace” are banned under the state of emergency.
He said security forces were instructed to “maintain absolute peace, law and order” and denounced foreign interference in The Gambia’s election.
Mr Barrow, a property developer, is meant to be inaugurated as the new president on Thursday.
Mr Jammeh initially accepted the election results but then decided he wanted them annulled after the electoral commission admitted some errors, although it insists this did not affect the final outcome.
The Supreme Court is unable to hear the challenge until May because of a shortage of judges, and Mr Jammeh has said he will not step down until then.
The African Union has said it will no longer recognise Mr Jammeh’s authority after his term ends. Mr Barrow is currently in Senegal.
He was unable to attend the funeral of his eight-year-old son on Monday due to security fears. The boy was mauled by a dog.
According to other news reports, people are beginning to flee the country and it would appear that there will be another bloody feud in the continent of Africa.