December 10, 2016 / 2:37 PM / 7 months ago

Gambia's President-elect says Jammeh cannot reject polls

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Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island September 27, 2009.Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Files

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow said that the country's outgoing leader Yahya Jammeh had no constitutional authority to reject the results of December 1. polls and call fresh elections.

"I open up a channel of communication to convince him to facilitate a smooth transfer of executive powers in the supreme interest of this country," he told reporters on Saturday.

Reporting by Lamin Jahateh; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Louise Heavens

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