Gambia: Again, ECOWAS Leaders to Meet Jammeh Wednesday

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The President Mohammadu Buhari-led mediation team of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Monday scheduled another meeting with outgoing Gambian President, Yahyah Jammeh on Wednesday.

Rising from a meeting at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the leaders announced the decision to meet with President Jammeh in a last ditch effort to save the situation in Gambia.
The meeting presided by President Buhari, would make a final pitch to convince Jammeh to honourably vacate office at the end of his tenure, January 19 or face the consequences.

At their last meeting in Ghana, Saturday, Head of the ECOWAS Heads of State and Government and President of Liberia, Ellen Jonhson Sirleaf, said the regional body was also monitoring the challenge mounted by Jammeh at the Supreme Court against the presidential election outcome in Gambia which hearing is billed for January 10.
United States had also warned citizens in Gambia to leave the country in view of the flashpoint of violence that the court hearing may engender.

Jammeh had refused to leave power after conceding victory to President-elect, Adama Barrow. Barrow and the Gambian opposition said they would consider Jammeh a rebel if he failed to leave power at the end of his mandate.

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