The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has urged Gambia’s President Jammeh to respect the outcome of the December 1, 2016, presidential polls and peacefully handover power to the President-elect Adama Barrow on January 17, 2017.
According to report, ECOWAS resolved among others to take all necessary actions to enforce the outcome of the presidential election, guarantee the protection of President-elect Adama Barrow and attend Barrow’s inauguration on January 19, 2017.
ECOWAS under the authority of the current chairperson Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf were in Gambia last week to continue mediation in the country’s political problem. They met outgoing president Yahya Jammeh and the incoming Adama Barrow, but failed to reach a deal with Jammeh.
The African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN) praised ECOWAS for their firm stand on the Gambia election outcome.
A statement released by AU on Monday stated that:
‘The chairperson of the union (Idris Deby Itno), congratulates the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) for its principled stand with regards to the situation in The Gambia.
‘He expresses the AU’s full support to the decisions adopted by the 50th Ordinary Summit of the ECOWAS authority held in Abuja, on 17 December 2016, including the consideration to use all necessary means to ensure the respect of the will of the people of The Gambia.’
The UN chief Ban Ki-Moon said, even though they remained concerned about ongoings in the Gambia, he commends the firm stance taken by the ECOWAS head of states and government on 17 December, 2016, during a summit held in Abuja, Nigeria.
However, President Jammeh has recalled 11 more ambassadors calling for the president to respect the outcome of the December 1 presidential polls and peacefully handover to President-elect Adama Barrow in January 2017, after recalling their US counterpart.
The ambassadors recalled include the ambassadors to Beijing, Ankara, London, New York and Moscow. The remaining were ambassadors to Madrid, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Bissau, Havana and Brussels.