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West Africa to Ensure Jammeh Keeps Assets, Won’t Be Sanctioned

  • Ecowas, UN, AU pledge to keep Gambian ex-leader safe
  • Jammeh stops in Guinea before flying to Equatorial Guinea

West African nations pledged to ensure that Yahya Jammeh keeps his assets and won’t be prosecuted or sanctioned after the former Gambian president relinquished power and left the country, bringing an end to a post-election standoff that sparked a military intervention.

The Economic Community of West African States said it would “prevent the seizure of assets and properties lawfully belonging to former President Jammeh or his family and those of his cabinet members,” guarantee his safety and security and let him return to Gambia when he chooses to do so. The joint statement by Ecowas, the African Union and the United Nations was published late Saturday on the UN website following Jammeh’s departure to Guinea.