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ECOWAS threatens Gambian President Jammeh with military action if he fails to quit

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President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia
stands the risk of being forcefully removed
from power should he carry out his threat to
sit tight after losing the December 1election.
ECOWAS leaders warned yesterday that they
would not hesitate to send troops to Banjul, if
Jammeh, who lost the election to opposition
candidate, Adama Barrow, fails to step down
next month.

Senegal,which surrounds much of The
Gambia, has been designated to lead the
proposed military intervention, president of
the Economic Community of West African
States, Marcel de Souza, told reporters in
Bamako,Mali.
“The deadline is January 19 when the
mandate of Jammeh ends,” de Souza said.
“If he doesn’t go, we have a force that is
already on alert, and this force will intervene
to restore the will of the people.
“No one has the right to oppose the will of
the people.”

Jammeh initially accepted defeat only to
make a U-turn a week later that the election
was marred by irregularities.

That was after Gambia’s Independent
Electoral Commission (IEC) claimed that it
had erred during vote counting, and Barrow’s
margin of victory had narrowed from 9% to
4%.

Despite the changes, the commission said
that the new tally leaves the outcome of the
election unchanged with Barrow receiving
43.3% of the vote and Jammeh 39.6%.
Jammeh is contesting the vote at the
Supreme Court due to what he says are
“unacceptable abnormalities”.
The country’s apex court adjourned the case
to 10 January.

Barrow is due to be sworn in on 19 January.
President Muhammed Buhari leading his
counterparts from Liberia, Sierra Leone and
Ghana had met Jammeh and urged him to
accept defeat.
The leaders left without managing to secure a
deal.

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