(The Statement was issued by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica.)
President Jammeh’s statement of 9 December, rejecting the results of the presidential elections of 1 December and calling for new elections is unacceptable. It clearly goes against the outcome of the elections of 1 December.
The European Union strongly urges President Jammeh to fully respect the rule of law and will of the Gambian people as expressed on Election Day, to stand by his earlier acceptance of the results and allow a peaceful transfer of power to the new President of The Gambia.
The European Union supports a peaceful and constitutional change of power in full respect of the constitution, as wanted by the majority of the Gambian people. Any attempt to reverse carries the risk of serious consequences.
It is of utmost importance that all political actors and institutions unequivocally reject any violence and abide by the law.