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ALN vice-president backs ECOWAS action in Gambia
Thursday 26 January 2017 13:01

In a statement released by the Africa Liberal Network (ALN - LI cooperating organisation), ALN Vice-President for West Africa, William Tucker, has praised the efforts of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) to restore democracy and rule of law in Gambia.

Ahead of the decision of Yahya Jammeh, the to give up power in line with the results of the recently held Presidential elections, which led to his defeat, Tucker said:"The ALN joins the global call for a peaceful transition of power in Gambia. Upholding constitutionalism, due process, and the rule of law as fundamental tenets of liberal democracy are principles which can form a foundation for a future prosperous, progressive Gambia."

The ALN VP also highlighted the crucial role played by the liberal government of President Macky Sall in Senegal in "protecting the validity of Gambians' democratic choices." He further praised the United Nations and the African Union for their support for the work of ECOWAS, as fundamental for the preservation of regional and global cooperation, including the Right to Protect.

The duly-elected President of Gambia Adama Barrow was sworn in at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal essentialy making Barrow’s swearing-in compliant with the country’s law while Senegalese troops sent by ECOWAS issued an ultimatum to Jammeh to leave the country or else face expulsion.

The swift action by ECOWAS has allowed for President-elect Barrow to return to Gambia and assume office while ECOWAS troops will remain in the country for 6 months to esnure stability and peace on the ground.

LI has been highly critical of Jammeh's regime most recently following the decision of the country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.

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