Gambia’s President-Elect Adama Barrow Meets World Leaders In Mali

By Ikenga Chronicles January 14, 2017

Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow is meeting with world leaders at a summit jointly hosted by France in Mali, on Saturday.This comes after holding talks in Banjul with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Liberian leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Ghana’s John Mahama.

President Yahya Jammeh had refused to cede power after disputing a December 1 election result that declared Barrow the winner.

Jammeh has made clear he will not stand aside until the country’s Supreme Court decides on his legal challenge seeking to annul the results of last month’s polls, which he initially conceded losing.

‘’Francois Hollande intends to meet Barrow, while the former businessman was due to sit down with West African leaders to discuss his nation’s future‘’ a source said.

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There are just four days left of Jammeh’s five-year term, but he warned the international community on Tuesday that “undue external interference” was unnecessary.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, said Friday that ECOWAS would ask the Security Council to approve the deployment of troops to the Gambia if Jammeh refuses to cede power.

Many of the nation’s attending the gathering were once colonies of France, which in recent years has boosted its military involvement on the continent.

Also present would be Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Rwandan leader Paul Kagame, who have a particularly tense relationship with Paris.

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Hollande said Friday that those battling jihad in Africa and the Middle East were like France part of “the same fight” against extremism.

“The terrorists who attack our land, who commit acts on our soil, are allied with those who are in the Levant, in Iraq and Syria, but here as well, in the Sahel,” Hollande said.

Another concern for the summit is unrest in Democratic Republic of Congo, where President Joseph Kabila’s refusal to step down has sparked political crisis.

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