After negotiations by West African regional bloc, ECOWAS with Gambia’s long time dictator Yahya Jammeh failed, the regional leaders held a meeting on Saturday in Mali, Bamako to agree to a definitive next plan of action to resolve the political impasse in the country. The Franco-African summit was attended by President-Elect Adama Barrow where he will met with over 30 African leaders and the French President Francois Hollande who attended the summit there. The leaders said they hope that Gambia’s Yahya jammeh will step down peacefully when the president-elect is to take office next week Thursday.
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita said much of the summit’s focus was on Gambia, where President Yahya Jammeh has said he will not give up power after 22 years, despite losing the 1st December presidential election to opposition coalition’s Adama Barrow.
Leaders from the West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, said no deal had been reached Friday after mediation efforts in Gambia. Contrary to the just appointed information minister Seedy Njie’s statement, the ECOWAS has said it would consider military action if Jammeh does not step down.