Gambia crisis: West African leaders set four-day deadline

Gambia’s defiant dictator Yahya Jammeh, has been briefing his countrymen about the outcome of the ECOWAS delegation, who paid a visit to him over the weekend at the State House in Banjul. Mr. Jammeh maintains that the...Bamako – Leaders meeting at a Franco-African summit in the Malian capital Bamako on Saturday set Jan. 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.

President Buhari with other world leaders at the 27th Africa-France Summit in Bamako Mali on 14th Jan 2017 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 for 22 years with an iron fist, 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.

Source: The Vanguard Newspaper

Gambia’s defiant dictator Yahya Jammeh, has been briefing his countrymen about the outcome of the ECOWAS delegation, who paid a visit to him over the weekend at the State House in Banjul. Mr. Jammeh maintains that the...
Gambia’s defiant dictator Yahya Jammeh, has been briefing his countrymen about the outcome of the ECOWAS delegation, who paid a visit to him over the weekend at the State House in Banjul. Mr. Jammeh maintains that the…
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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.