January 26, 2017 / 11:41 AM / 2 years ago

Gambia's Barrow asks regional force to stay for six months -U.N

Members of the regional ECOWAS force keep guard at Presidence palace in Banjul, Gambia January 23, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

DAKAR (Reuters) - Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow has asked a West African military operation, which pressured his predecessor to go into exile after he refused to accept his election defeat, to remain in the country for six months, a U.N. official said on Thursday.

“The president of Gambia asked for the mission to remain for six months, and it’s up to (regional bloc) ECOWAS to decide,” Mohammed Ibn Chambas, the United Nations’ most senior official in West Africa, told a news conference in Senegal.

Reporting by Emma Farge; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Catherine Evans

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