Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Ghana sends troops to Gambia to remove Jammeh

Ghana on Wednesday sent 205 combat troops to Gambia in an effort to force President Yahya Jammeh to accept electoral defeat and step down.

In a statement on Wednesday, President Nana Akufo-Addo said he "has approved and authorised the deployment of a combat team of two hundred and five (205) troops, backed with appropriate logistical equipment to the Islamic Republic of The Gambia as part of the ECOWAS Mission in that country."

"The objective is to create an enabling environment ... (to) facilitate the inauguration of the President-Elect, Adama Barrow, on Thursday, January 19, 2017," Akufo-Addo said, referring to the winner of December's election.

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