Ecowas Troops To Remain In The Gambia

The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has prolonged the authorization of its troops in The Gambia by 12 months, media reports say.

The peacekeepers, consisting mainly of soldiers from neighbouring Senegal, was first sent to the tiny West Afican nation in January to compel long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh to step down after he declined to hand power to his elected successor, Adama Barrow.

At the summit in Liberia’s capital Monrovia, Ecowas commended the “crucial role” played by the troops in upholding stability in The Gambia but said the situation was also “fragile”, requiring troops to extend their stay, it said in a statement.