West African leaders aim to enforce Gambian election upset

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Gambians celebrate the victory of Opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow, run past an army soldier on the streets of Serrekunda, Gambia.

Gambians celebrate the victory of Opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow, run past an army soldier on the streets of Serrekunda, Gambia. (Photo: AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — West African leaders are promising to enforce the results of a Gambian election upset being challenged by the country's longtime coup leader.

A summit of the Economic Community of West African States ended Saturday with all leaders stating they will attend the inauguration on Jan. 19 of newly elected businessman Adama Barrow.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh shocked his fellow citizens by conceding defeat after a Dec. 1 vote, then changed his mind and called for a new election. The United Nations, the United States and the African Union all have condemned the move.

The summit, attended by 11 presidents with Jammeh absent, agreed "to take all necessary actions to enforce the results" of the election, and called for a peaceful handover.

Jammeh seized power in 1994 and is accused of human rights abuses.

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