PRESIDENT BARROW SAYS JAMMEH IS FREE TO RETURN TO THE GAMBIA AS A PRIVATE CITIZEN

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epa00558091 Gambian President Yaya Jammeh arrives in Dakar, Senegal Friday 21 October 2005. Presidents of Nigeria, Gambia and Guinea Bissau paid a one-day visit to their Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade on Friday in a bid to break two deadlock situations in the West Africa region. Nigerian President and head of African Union Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed last week as mediator in the Gambia/Senegal border dispute, sparked by August's 100 percent hike in the price of the Gambian ferry crossing. Obasanjo is also due to smooth over the crisis between Guinea-Bissau's new President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira and Prime Minister Carlos

President Adama Barrow says dictator Yahya Jammeh is free to return to The Gambia as a private citizen. He says Jammeh would be accorded the respect he deserves as a former President. He was speaking to his supporters in the Fonis, where Jammeh was born and raised.

Barrow has ruled out the possibilities of Jammeh becoming a President in The Gambia again. He pointed out that Jammeh wouldn’t serve as Gambia’s President for the rest of his life.

Political analysts believed that Barrow is courting Jammeh’s APRC base in his quest to consolidate himself in power. He was recently a welcoming greet  by the APRC interim leader Fabakary Tombong Jatta at the end of his meet the farmers tour. Jatta was accompanied by other APRC leaders.

Barrow’s remarks have been greeted with mixed reactions. Jammeh’s victims are calling for Jammeh’s arrest and prosecution. Some are worried about their own safety, given Jammeh’s past appalling human rights record.

Jammeh is living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. He left the country three years ago.

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