Gambia: Opposition leader says ECOMIG forces not a threat to national security

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - Gambian opposition leader, Halifa Sallah, has said that the West African States Intervention forces (ECOMIG) is not a threat to the country’s security.

He was reacting to an incident in former President Yahya Jammeh's village and environs during which residents of the area protested and demanded the withdrawal of the ECOMIG forces from the area.

Sallah, the leader and Secretary General of People’s Democratic Organization Independent and Socialist (PDOIS), noted that it was unfortunate that the protest resulted in a fatality and dozens of injured persons.

Sallah, who is also the National Assembly Member representing Serekunda, was speaking Monday at a press conference held at his political bureau in Churchill’s Town.

He pointed out that ECOMIG force are forces of solidarity and not forces of occupation in the Gambia.

He added that the deployment of the ECOMIC forces was as a result of the treaty signed by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) under which former President Jammeh was removed after losing the 1 December, 2016, presidential election.
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12 june 2017 14:52:13

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