The Supreme Court in Gambia on Tuesday postponed hearing in a petition filed by embattled President Yayah Jammeh, who is challenging his defeat to Adama Barrow in December’s presidential election.
The court said: “the case has been adjourned until January 16, since only one of the required minimum of five judges is present.’’
Barrow, a former real estate agent, who was little known before he announced his candidacy, was scheduled to take office on 19 January.
The postponement of the case came one day after the Communications Minister, Sheriff Bojang, stepped down and fled the West African nation.
Bojang said he resigned because Jammeh’s refusal to accept the outcome of the presidential election was disregarding the will of the people.
Again, ECOWAS leaders to meet Jammeh
On Monday, several West African heads of state resolved to intervene in Gambia’s political crisis after meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja.
They were expected to arrive in Gambia to meet with Jammeh, who ruled the country for more than two decades on Wednesday.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the UN and the African Union are also expected to take part in the dialogue and call on Jammeh to respect the country’s constitution.
During an earlier meeting in December, the West African leaders failed to convince Jammeh to permit peaceful transition of power.
Some observers fear that delays to the planned handover of power can lead to violence.