News 12 january — 11:05

Yahya Jammeh slams foreign pressure, appoints mediator


Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has criticised international pressure for him to step down as he announced the appointment of a mediator to help resolve the country's political impasse, Al Lazeera reports.

Gambia has been thrust into a crisis following a December 1 presidential vote, which saw longtime ruler Jammeh losing to opposition leader Adama Barrow.

Jammeh initially conceded defeat but later reversed his position, lodging a legal case aimed at annulling the result and triggering new elections.

In a surprise address on national television late on Tuesday, Jammeh lashed out at "an unprecedented level of foreign interference in our elections and internal affairs and also a sustained smear campaign, propaganda and misinformation".

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