ECOWAS insists, Gambian president-elect must be sworn-in

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
All Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) member countries have insisted that President-elect of Gambia, Mr. Adama Barrow must assume office.
At a special session in Abuja on Saturday, they also resolved to attend the inauguration of Barrow, on Jan. 18, 2017, in conformity with the Gambian constitution.
This forms part of the communiqué presented at the end of the 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government.
In it, they canvassed that the out-going President, Elhaj Yahya Jammeh must uphold the result of the December 1 presidential election in the country and must guarantee the safety and protection of the President-elect.
“The Authority calls on President Yahya Jammeh to accept the result of the polls and refrain from any action likely to compromise the transition and peaceful transfer of power to the President-Elect,’’ the communiqué added.
The Authority also appointed President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and his Ghanaian counterpart as Chief Mediator and Co-Mediator respectively in the Gambian political impasse.

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