Regional Integration Mahama leaves for ECOWAS Summit in Abuja

At the three-day meeting, the Heads of States are expected to again convince the defeated Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power.

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President John Mahama is today leaving Ghana for Abuja to participate in an ECOWAS summit for Heads of State in Abuja.

Other Heads of States in the sub-region are expected to be present as well.

At the three-day meeting, the Heads of States are expected to again convince the defeated Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power.

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This follows a number of failed attempts by four leaders from Anglophone countries to persuade him to hand over.

Jammeh's ruling party challenged his defeat in a December 1 election at the Supreme Court on Tuesday as West African leaders failed to reach a deal that would see him accept the result and end a deepening political crisis.

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Soldiers also seized the headquarters of the national elections commission and sealed it off just hours before the mediation delegation representing regional bloc ECOWAS touched down in the tiny riverside nation.

This summit may be the last one for President Mahama as he will hand over power to President-elect, Nana Akufo-Addo on January 7, 2017.

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