Longtime Gambian President Yahya Jammeh risk being military taken out by ECOWAS forces if he refuses to leave when he term expires on January 19, said Commission President Marcel de Souza.
President Yahya Jammeh who was defeated in the polls drove the country into a political roadblock after accepting defeat then flip-flopping and rejecting the outcome.
“We have put standby forces on alert if he does not step down on January 19 when his mandate ends,” De Souza said. “No one has the right to oppose the will of the people.”
ECOWAS has used its troops in Mali and Guinea Bissau to uphold the will of the people when mediation fails.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will be leading mediation efforts in The Gambia. President Yahya Jammeh has accused ECOWAS of trying to intimidate him and violating the sovereignty of the country.