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Pray against political bloodshed in The Gambia, says charity

Thu 19 Jan 2017
By Premier Journalist

We're being urged to pray that a political transition in The Gambia can take place without any bloodshed.

Christian charity The Gambia Partnership is speaking as foreign troops line up on the west African nation's borders threatening to kick out President Yahya Jammeh by force, because he's refusing to step down after losing an election to Adama Barrow.

It also says it knows of Christians who've fled the country for their safety, in case the transition turns violent. Some 26,000 Gambians have now left, as well as thousands of British tourists on holiday there.


Tourists check out of their hotel before being taken to Banjul Airport in Gambia on Wednesday 


Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down because he claims there's been foreign interference in the voting.

Given that neither the Gambian army nor his vice-president are supporting him, it is unlikely he will be able to extend his 22-year presidency any more.

Adama Barrow had to be sworn in as the new President of The Gambia in neighbouring Senegal because of the political unrest.

The turmoil also stopped him attending the funeral of his eight-year-old son back in his home country on Monday.

Speaking on Premier's News Hour Scott Maciver, from The Gambia Partnership, said: "The Christians in The Gambia that are known to us are really keen that this is resolved peaceably, as soon as possible... Some who're known to us have left the country and others have decided to stay.

"We hope that this will come to an end fairly quickly without any bloodshed. That's the hope and that's our prayer."

Listen to Premier's Antony Bushfield speaking to Scott Maciver on the News Hour:

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