Yahya Jammeh comes out of his silence. The former Gambian president, who ruled with an iron fist for 22 years and has been in exile for three years in Equatorial Guinea, made his voice heard this weekend in The Gambia. In a telephone recording, Yahya Jammeh indicates that he wishes to return to his country.
This recording toured social networks. It is a telephone conversation between Yahya Jammeh and a party official. As the discussion progresses, the former president gives advice on how to organize a demonstration planned for Thursday in Banjul by his political party.
So far, nothing new since several audio recordings showing his grip on his political party have already leaked in the past.
But this time, Yahya Jammeh expresses for the first time, in an explicit way, his wish to return to Gambia. He urges his activists to plead his case against the authorities, which he says must resolve to implement an agreement. Reference to a commitment made by the African Union, the ECOWAS and the UN, at the time of his departure, to respect his rights, and in particular that of returning one day, as a citizen and former head of State, to his country.
Sign of real nostalgia? Or simple opportunism? The statement comes at a time when the coalition that brought Adama Barrow to power is showing deep divisions.