Gambia crisis makes the epicenter of Mali summit

Gambia’s political crisis was center stage at a meeting of West African leaders with French President Francois Hollande in the Malian capital, Bamako.

Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow flew unexpectedly to Bamako after talks with mediation efforts for President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power failed.

The leaders of at least 30 nations gathered at the Africa-France summit in Bamako to discuss a range of issues including the fight against jihad, governance challenges and Africa’s impact on the European migrant crisis.

Per capita, Gambia accounts for the third largest arrival of migrants by sea to Europe. At least 13,000 Gambians have filed for asylum in Europe last year.

Barrow ran a campaign on a promise to end the crisis.

ECOWAS has asked the UN Security Council to approve the deployment of troops to The Gambia and the AU Peace and Security Council says there will be ‘serious consequences’ for Mr. Jammeh if his refusal to cede power result to loss of lives and property damages.

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