Gambia unpredictable former president Yahya Jammeh agreed to step down after a series of meditiatory efforts from some African leaders.
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But just before agreeing to cede power to Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, Jammeh made some demands of the country and other international bodies.
Gambia’s former dictator wants complete amnesty and the right to participate in the country’s next presidential elections.
Amnesty is extended by the government to a group or class of persons, usually for a political offense; the act of a sovereign power officially forgiving certain classes of persons who are subject to trial but have not yet been convicted.
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And Yahya Jammeh might be seeking this as a form of protection from persecution.
The former dictator of The Gambia made a u-turn, having earlier agreed to stepping down, when rumors from the then president-elect, Adama Barrow's camp, suggested that Jammeh might be prosecuted for various crimes.
Gambia’s are expected to go back to the polls by late 2019. The coalition that is backing Mr. Barrow agreed he will serve for only three years and organize fresh elections in which they can all contest as individual parties.
It is, however, unclear is President Barrow and leaders from the West African bloc would agree to Yahya's demands.
Jammeh is currently in no position to be making demand as his mandate as leader of the country expires after 22 years when Barrow was sworn in as president.
President Adama Barrow had given Jammeh an olive branch to hand over power before authorizing West African forces to enter the country. Barrow now says Jammeh must leave the country.