ECOWAS Commission President Marcel de Souza told RFI that diplomacy is privileged, but that military intervention to enforce the verdict of the polls is ‘likely.’
“No one can question the will of the people who spoke. Mr. Adama Barrow is the elected president,” Mr. Souza said.
The ECOWAS Commission chief said preventive diplomacy is preferable, but more drastic measures will be taken if Jammeh, who lost the polls, refuses to leave.
Liberia’s President and ECOWAS Chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who is in Banjul with other West African leaders to ask Mr. Jammeh to step down said Mr. Jammeh’s refusal to leave threatens the peace of the West African subregion.
It is up to ECOWAS Heads of States who are meeting next Saturday in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja to decide if military force will be used to bend President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow.
“Today the situation has changed, the demand is firm. We ask Jammeh to respect to respect his commitment to concede and the will of the people,” Souza insisted.
ECOWAS currently have troops in Guinea Bissau and had troops in Mali.