Sirleaf: Jammeh’s refusal to leave threatens peace in West Africa

Sirleaf: Jammeh’s refusal to leave threatens peace in West Africa

Liberia’s President and ECOWAS Chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arrived in Banjul to urge President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia to step down.

President Johnson Sirleaf said Mr. Jammeh’s refusal to accept defeat and allow the peaceful transfer of power and smooth transition in the nation of fewer than two million people threatens the fragile peace in all of West Africa.

West Africa has seen some of the world’s most brutal civil wars in Sierra Leone and Liberia. It is already faced with terrorism-related insurgencies in Northern Mali after a coup plunged the country into a state of instability.

President Yahya Jammeh who had accepted defeat made a political u-turn refusing to hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow after losing the elections to the real estate developer.

Jammeh, who came to power in 1994 won four previous elections that international observers say were marred by intimidation, voter fraud, and repression.

Jammeh is meeting with UN and West African leaders in Banjul, including Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari who would be asking him to step down.

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