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Liberian president to lead UN, AU, ECOWAS mission to Gambia

By Clement Edward Kumsah
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President of Liberia Ellen Johnson and President of Gambia Yayah Jammeh
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Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is expected on Tuesday to lead a high level delegation of African heads of state aiming to solve the political impasse in the Gambia, the country’s president-elect Adama Barrow has said.

The Liberian leader’s plane was denied access to Banjul airport on Saturday when she attempted to intervene in Jammeh’s decision to leave power after losing December 1 polls to businessman Adama Barrow.

Sirleaf, who is also Chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), will lead a tripartite delegation representing the United Nations (UN), African Union (AU) and West African regional bloc ECOWAS.

In an interview with Reuters on Monday, Barrow said he wanted to see an “expedited transitional period” leading to a handover of power from outgoing President Yahya Jammeh. He also said he had no official security and was ’‘exposed’‘.

Meanwhile, a Gambian journalist who was present at a press conference held by Barrow on Monday tweeted the list of African leaders expected in the Gambia on Tuesday.

Among others:

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria
President Alpha Conde of Guinea
President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone
President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana