Gambia: ECOWAS leaders due in Gambia to mediate in looming political crisis

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Leaders of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) are due in Banjul, Gambia, on Tuesday for talks to persuade incumbent president Yahya Jammeh to agree to leave office after his defeat in the country's 1 December presidential election.

State-owned Gambia Radio and Television on Monday night announced that the delegation headed by Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, current chairperson of ECOWAS, would include Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Guinea President Alpha Conde.

President Jammeh initially conceded defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow but later rejected the result saying there were "unacceptable abnormalities" which transpired during the electoral process.

Barrow won 222,708 votes (43.29%) compared with Jammeh's 208,487 (39.6%). A third candidate, Mama Kandeh, had 89,768 (17.1%).

ECOWAS, UN Security Council, African Union, European Union and the US have condemned Jammeh's U-turn and asked him to step down.
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13 december 2016 08:47:33

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