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West African Leaders to Solve Gambia’s Political Crisis by January 19

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President Buhari (L) leads other ECOWAS leaders – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Liberia), John Mahama (Ghana) to mediate in the Gambian political crisis. President Yahya Jammeh pictured right

Leaders meeting at a Franco-African summit in the Malian capital Bamako on Saturday set January 19 as a deadline to solve the Gambian political crisis, Radio France Internationale quoted Togolese President, Faure Gnassingbe as saying.

January 19 is the date when president-elect, Adama Barrow has vowed to take power, despite outgoing President, Yahya Jammeh, not accepting his defeat in the December 1 election.

Barrow attended the summit bringing together French President, Francois Hollande and more than 30 African leaders, while Jammeh was absent.

“The choice of Gambian voters in favour of Adama Barrow must be respected,” Hollande said.

Barrow arrived in Bamako with Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari, who had met both him and Jammeh in the Gambian capital Banjul on Friday.

A statement from Barrow’s office said Jammeh’s meeting with Buhari and other mediators from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was “unproductive.”

Barrow’s spokesman Halifa Sallah said ECOWAS would nevertheless continue its mediation efforts.

Gambia has been in a political deadlock since Barrow, a real estate mogul who was little known before he announced his candidacy, defeated Jammeh in the election.

Jammeh, who has ruled the small West African nation with an iron fist for 22 years, has filed a petition to challenge the election result at the Supreme Court.

The talks with ECOWAS came several hours after Gambia’s ruling party filed a motion with the Supreme Court to prevent Barrow from being sworn into office on January 19.

The African Union said Friday said it will cease to recognize Jammeh as president after that date.

ECOWAS earlier pledged to send troops to ensure a peaceful transition of power in Gambia if Jammeh persists in his refusal to step down.

1 Comment

  1. See

    January 15, 2017 at 11:52 am

    Buhari can barely solve his country’s problem. Stop traveling aimlessly and fix your country. What are your plans for the returned embezzled money? Build your dilapidated, outdated infrastructure, and create job/resources outside oil. Average Nigerians are suffering. Enough is enough

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