Gambia crisis: Election ruling delayed for several months

| Updated Mar 25, 2017 at 3:00am



The Gambia's chief justice, Emmanuel Fagbenle has announced that President Yahya Jammeh's legal challenge against the result of December's election will not be heard for several months.

Jammeh's political party lodged a legal case on his behalf last month aimed at annulling his December 1 election defeat to opponent Adama Barrow, and triggering new elections.

Mr. Fagbenle said the country needs extra judges to start with the proceedings.

The Gambia relies on foreign judges, notably from Nigeria, to staff its courts due to a lack of trained professionals in the tiny West African state.

Fagbenle is the panel’s only sitting judge, as the Supreme Court has lain dormant since May 2015.