- Search Results
 
 
Pres. Sireaf Tells Jammeh: “ECOWAS....
Date Uploaded: Jan 17, 2017

UN Special Envoy Ibn Chambas President John Mahama H.E. Mohammadu Buhari President Sirleaf and H.E. Ernest Koroma

 

Pres. Sireaf Tells Jammeh: “ECOWAS Position Remains Unchanged”
By Wilfred Gortor

MONROVIA, January 16 (LINA) - Liberian President and Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, has re-emphasized that the position of ECOWAS relative to The Gambia's electoral saga remains unchanged.

President Sirleaf wants Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to respect the Constitution of The Gambia as well as the result of the December 1 presidential election which opposition politician Adama Barrow won by official results declared.

The Liberian leader said in a telephone interview with the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Monday that this position by ECOWAS has been conveyed on several occasions in the sub-regional group’s quest to resolve the ongoing electoral wrangling in The Gambia.

President Sirleaf’s statement comes in the wake of a telephone conversation she held with the defeated Gambian leader Jammeh on Sunday, January 15, in which talks centering on the ongoing mediation efforts by ECOWAS was made public by Jammeh without her consent.

Relative to the conversation, President Sirleaf told the BBC that Jammeh telephoned her to make an appeal to the ECOWAS authority to make Judges available to address the electoral crisis.

According to President Sirleaf, this request from Jammeh was absolutely nothing new as he (Jammeh) has made similar appeals to the mediating team twice in Banjul, Gambia.

"Unfortunately, he recorded and televised our conversation without informing me about his intent to do so. But let me make this very clear, there is no change in ECOWAS’ position, the constitution of The Gambia must be respected," President Sirleaf said.

Amidst the rising international and local pressure for Jammeh to peacefully hand-over power to his successor, it is not clear whether or not he will be willing to do so as evidenced by his action to annul the results of the elections.

However, the president-elect Adama Barrow, in the wake of the volatile situation in the country, has also insisted that he will be inaugurated on Thursday, January 19.

Jammeh has served as Gambia's leader for 22 years since coming into power through a military coup in 1994.
LINA WSG/TSS/PTK

latest headlines
LADA Signs Capacity-Building Accord With Farmers
The Liberia Agri-business Development Activity (LADA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to upgrade the capacity of two rice processo ...more
Police Arrest Man, 32, For Multiple Voter Registration
Police in Gbarnga have charged and sent to court a thirty-two-year-old man for multiple voter registration and forgery. ...more
UN Official Says Women Participation Key To Stability
A representative of the United Nations Women in Liberia says increase in the participation of women and incorporation of gender perspectives in a ...more
NEC Registers 60,135 In Upper Bong
Upper Bong County Election Magistrate Daniel Newland has announced the immediate closure of two voter registration centers in Electoral District ...more
LNP Kromah Holds Dialogue With Nimba Youth
Liberia National Police (LNP) Deputy Inspector General for Operations, Abraham Kromah, Wednesday held a day-long citizens’ dialogue with young ...more
VP Boakai Supports Free Press, Expression
Vice President Joseph N. Boakai has emphasized that he supports freedom of the press and expression in keeping with Article 15 of the Liberian Co ...more
 
All rights reserved © 2013 - 2014
Liberia News Agency