maandag 16 januari 2017

Peaceful transition

The world is looking forward to the inauguration day later this week. Will there be a smooth and peaceful transition of power? I'm talking, of course, about the inauguration day on January 19th in Banjul, the Gambia. President Jammeh, who has been in power for decades and is seen as a dictator, first conceded having lost the December 1st elections, recognising opposition leader Barrow as the winner. But a week later he changed his mind and decided to stay.

Neighbouring countries, united in the Western African union Ecowas are pressuring him to leave in time and at moments even threatening with military intervention. But until now Jammeh didn't give in.

Yesterday president-elect Barrow unexpectedly left the country, maybe for his safety, stating he would be back for his inauguration on Thursday. The region has known war and uprisings, think of Sierra Leone and Liberia, let's all hope that this struggle of power will be peaceful this time. I know a few people in and from the Gambia and my thoughts are with them in these uncertain times.

So, we are treated with two crazy transitions and inauguration days this week, Thursday in the Gambia and Friday in the United States. By Saturday we will know this world has gone crazy.

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