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Nigerian President says Gambia's Jammeh was receptive to mediators
December 13, 2016 / 4:28 PM / a year ago

Nigerian President says Gambia's Jammeh was receptive to mediators

BANJUL (Reuters) - Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari said on Tuesday that Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh had been very receptive to a delegation of West African leaders who were expected to urge the long-ruling leader to step aside following a poll defeat.

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari is seen on arrival for the international mediation on Gambia election conflict in Banjul, Gambia December 13, 2016 REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

Asked if Jammeh had been receptive, he told reporters shortly after the meeting: “Yes, very much so.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Gambia’s security forces entered the building of the Independent Electoral Commission, instructed its chairman to leave and have since barred other employees from entering, the chairman, Alieu Momarr Njai, told Reuters.

Reporting by Edward McAllister; Writing by Emma Farge; editing by John Stonestreet

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