ECOWAS chair denied landing access at Gambia airport
DAKAR - The plane of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) chair Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has been denied access to Gambia's Banjul airport, Senegal's foreign minister said on independent radio on Saturday.

The denial comes just as Gambia President Yahya Jammeh disputes the outcome of an election he lost on Dec. 1.

The reason for the denial was unclear, as was the intended timing of the plane landing, but ECOWAS had been hoping to play a role in creating a smooth transition of power in the Gambia.

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