Foreign Interference or not, I will not step down before Supreme Court ruling – Jammeh

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not step down be­fore a Supreme Court decision on disputed elections, a ruling now not ex­pected until May.
In a nationwide TV broadcast, the longstanding ruler also reiterated his concern at “foreign interference”.
Regional mediators, led by Nigeria’s president, are expected in The Gambia on Friday to urge him to accept defeat following December’s election.
President-elect Adama Barrow says he will be inaugurated next week.
Mr. Jammeh, who initially accepted de­feat in the 1 December poll, lodged a case before the Supreme Court after the elector­al commission changed some results. The president lashed out at the UN, the African Union and the West African regional body ECOWAS for their “hasty resolutions” giv­en the peaceful nature of the dispute so far.
But the commission insists the outcome was not affected by an initial error and prop­erty developer, Mr. Barrow narrowly won.
Mr. Jammeh seized power in the tiny country in 1994 and has been accused of human rights abuses, although he has held regular elections.
The president made his speech on Tues­day evening after it was announced that the Supreme Court hearing would be delayed until May because of a shortage of judges, who mostly come from neighbouring coun­tries.
The chief justice suggested mediation would be the best way forward as Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and other West African leaders head to the country in another attempt to end the deadlock.