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ECOWAS prefers Gambia’s Constitution to resolve political stalemate

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ECOWAS Chairperson, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf interacting with out-going Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh in the Gambia.
ECOWAS Chairperson, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf interacting with out-going Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh in the Gambia.

ABUJA-A one-day meeting of ECOWAS along with  some United Nations and the  African Union’s Special Representatives have agreed  to resolve the political crisis in confirmative with the Constitution of the Republic of  the Gambia and its people.

The chaired by Presidents Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, according to a dispatch from the Liberian Diplomatic Mission in Nigeria said the ECOWAS leaders have also resolved that within two days some ECOWAS leaders would be sent to the Gambia to further discuss with outgoing President Jammeh, the imperative to respect the Constitution.

The four hours closed door meeting was held Monday January 9, 2017, in Abuja, Nigeria, was attended by Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari and Macky Sall of Senegal

In ten days the people of the Gambia are poised constitutionally to inaugurate the President-elect of the Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow. Outgoing President, Yahya Jammeh on December 1, 2016 lost election to Adama Barrow and earlier conceded defeat but later in a week recanted his acceptance and now asking for fresh polls to be conducted.

The Sub-regional leaders earlier at the 49th ECOWAS Summit held December 17, 2016 in Abuja, and under the Chairmanship of President Sirleaf designated President Buhari as Mediator for the Gambia and the former President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama as Co-Mediator.

President Sirleaf will therefore again lead President Buhari, the Mediator on The Gambia, and hopefully President Ernest Bai Koromo of Sierra Leone to Bangul on Wednesday, January 11, 2016.

Others to form part of the ECOWAS leaders’ delegation include the Co-Mediator, former President Mahama, the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mr. de Souza and special representatives of the United Nations and African Union.

The West African leaders have expressed concern over the closure of about four radio stations and media houses in The Gambia. There have being arrests of some people causing internal refugee situation mass exodus of Gambians within.


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