Gambian President Yahya Jammeh accused Sunday the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) of declaring a war following the organization’s threat to send troops to the country in case of the president’s refusal to leave the office by a set deadline.

On December 23, ECOWAS Commission President Marcel de Souza declared possibility of intervention to Gambia, if the Jammeh did not leave the office as soon as the mandate expires on January 19.

“It is in effect a declaration of war and an insult to our constitution… Let me make it clear that we are ready to defend this country against any aggression and there will be no compromise for that,” Jammeh said in his New Year address.

On December 10, Jammeh rejected the outcome of the presidential election in the country.

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