ECOWAS delays mediation mission to Gambia until Friday

(From left) Former President of Ghana John Mahama, President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Nigeria Muhammadu Buhari and President of Senegal Macky Sall meet in Abuja on January 9, 2017, on the political situation in Gambia.

A mediation mission by West African regional bloc ECOWAS to Gambia has been delayed from Wednesday until Friday, the group said in a statement on Tuesday.

Gambia is locked in political crisis after President Yahya Jammeh refused to accept his defeat in a Dec. 1 election by opposition candidate Adama Barrow.

The standoff prompted an ECOWAS delegation led by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to intervene to try to ensure a peaceful transition of power in the tiny West African country.

 

Zainab Sa’id