ECOWAS says mediation mission to Gambia delayed until Friday

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Posted: Jan 10, 2017 12:33 PM

DAKAR (Reuters) - A mediation mission by West African regional bloc ECOWAS to Gambia has been delayed from Wednesday until Friday, the grouping said in a statement on Tuesday.

Gambia is locked in political crisis after President Yahya Jammeh refused to accept his defeat in a Dec. 1 election by opposition candidate Adama Barrow.

The standoff prompted an ECOWAS delegation led by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf to intervene to try to ensure a peaceful transition of power in the tiny West African country.

(Reporting By Edward McAllister; Editing by Gareth Jones)