African leaders mostly from Francophone nations meeting in Mali’s capital, Bamako called on the Gambia’s longtime ruler, President Yahya Jammeh to step down.
The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow in a sign of his international support attended the African-France Summit where he held talks with French President Hollande and other West African leaders.
Ending the Gambia’s political impasse was the epicenter of discussions.
The presidents of France and Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita and Francois Hollande, both called on Jammeh to step down when his current five-year term of office ends during the coming week.
ECOWAS insists that the elections were credible and transparent and expects its outcome to be respected.
ECOWAS has a standby force on hold and is seeking the approval of the African Union and the United Nations to deploy troops to The Gambia.
It was in Gambia in 1990 where ECOWAS made the resolution to intervene in Liberia and it would also be the second foreign military intervention in Gambia after a 1981 attempt by a Marxist leader overthrew the government of Sir Dawda Jawara.