Gambia: Military takes over offices of electoral commission

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December 13, 2016
The Guardian [UK]    
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"The president of The Gambia's electoral commission has been thrown out of his office by armed soldiers as a delegation of African leaders arrived in the country to try to persuade its autocratic ruler to step down following his defeat at the polls. ... the presidents of Nigeria, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Ghana flew in to meet Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled an increasingly isolated nation for 22 years and last week vowed to stay on despite losing the presidential election. Asked if Jammeh had been receptive after their hour-long closed-doors meeting, the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, said, 'Very much so,' but the Liberian president, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, refused to comment." (12/13/16)  

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