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Ghana Sends Troops To The Gambia

The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has approved and authorised the deployment of a combat team of two hundred and five (205) troops, backed with the appropriate logistical equipment, to The Gambia as part of the ECOWAS Mission in that country.

A statement from the presidency, signed by Ag. Communications Director, Eugene Arhin and copied to the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation, (GBC), said ECOWAS has decided, as a result of the refusal of President Yahaya Jammeh to accept the verdict of the Gambian people in the elections of December 1, 2016, to deploy troops from its member States to The Gambia with immediate effect.

According to the statement, the troops are to create an enabling environment for the effective enforcement of the rule of law, and, in accordance with the Constitution of The Gambia, facilitate the inauguration of the President-Elect, Adama Barrow, on Thursday.

Below Is The Full Statement:

GHANA DEPLOYS TROOPS TO SUPPORT ECOWAS MISSION IN THE GAMBIA

The President of the Republic and Commander-in-Chief of the Ghana Armed Forces, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has approved and authorised the deployment of a combat team of two hundred and five (205) troops, backed with the appropriate logistical equipment, to the Islamic Republic of The Gambia as part of the ECOWAS Mission in that country.

ECOWAS has decided, as a result of the refusal of President Yahaya Jammeh to accept the verdict of the Gambian people in the elections of December 1, 2016, to deploy troops from its member States to The Gambia with immediate effect. The objective is to create an enabling environment for the effective enforcement of the rule of law, and, in accordance with the Constitution of The Gambia, facilitate the inauguration of the President-Elect, Adama Barrow, on Thursday, January 19, 2017.

……signed……

Eugene Arhin

Ag. Communications Director

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