Liberia's President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf arrives for the international mediation on Gambia election conflict in Banjul, Gambia December 13, 2016 REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Jammeh’s action ‘irresponsible,’ says Liberia’s presidency

Liberia’s presidency has reacted angrily to the broadcasting of a phone conversation between President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the Gambia’s demoralized President Yahya Jammeh.

Gambia’s presidency recorded and leaked the tape to state broadcast network, GRTS.

A spokesperson for Mrs. Johnson Sirleaf said President Jammeh’s action is wanting and irresponsible.

“It is irresponsible for a sitting president to do this kind of thing… but I can’t say what the president [Ellen Johnson Sirleaf] would do. His [Jammeh’s] action is very wanting for choosing to record the conversation and distributing it,” a spokesperson for Liberia’s President Johnson Sirleaf told WADR.

President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down after unsuccessful bids by West African leaders for him to hand over power peacefully.

He has filed a petition in court challenging the outcome of the results and an injunction to restrain Adama Barrow, the winner of last month’s polls from being sworn-in.

Judges from Nigeria and Sierra Leone were unable to travel to Banjul to hear his petitions, prompting Jammeh to call Johnson Sirleaf to prevail over other leaders to facilitate the transfer of the judges to the Gambia.

Gambia’s Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle had adjourned a hearing of Jammeh’s election petition to Monday.

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