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General News of Wednesday, 22 February 2017


Ghana to maintain 50 troops in Gambia

Fifty Ghanaian troops will continue to be stationed at The Gambia as a stabilisation force, says President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.

Ghana originally deployed 208 troops to take part in the first ECOWAS mission which was meant to unseat former Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh who had refused to leave power despite losing elections.

Even though ECOWAS did not need to use force, the stationing of the troops in Senegal was enough to convince Yahya Jammeh to step down.

President Akufo-Addo told parliament when he delivered his maiden State of the Nations Address Tuesday.

He said The Gambian mission has not ended adding that Ghana will leave behind 50 troops.

Meanwhile The Gambia over the weekend, sworn-in President Adama Barrow who won the 2016 election unseating the country’s long-serving leader, Yahya Jammeh.