A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement today (22 January) on the situation in the Gambia:
The fact that former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has respected the election result of 1 December 2016 and is ceding power to his democratically elected successor Adama Barrow is good news and long overdue. This peaceful solution would have been impossible were it not for the persistent and concerted mediation efforts on the part of the international community – especially the neighbouring countries and the regional organisation ECOWAS. The priority now is for the President elected by the Gambian people to swiftly live up to his responsibility. Germany will, together with the international community, continue to support the Gambia on its path towards democracy and the rule of law.