Wednesday, September 19, 2007

ECOWAS suspends delegation's trip to Sierra Leone

Lagos, Nigeria - ECOWAS has suspended Tuesday's planned visit of its delegation to Sierra Leone, to assess the political and security situation in the country following the announcement of the result of the 8 Sept presidential runoff.

No reason was given for the suspension of the trip, but PANA learnt it was connected with the logistics of the trip.

An ECOWAS statement earlier made available to PANA here said the delegation, the second in three weeks by the regional organization, would be led by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Mohamed Ibn Chambas.

The other members are Gen. Abdulasalami Abubakar, former Head of State of Nigeria, and Gen. Seth Obeng, who led the ECOWAS Observer Mission to the two rounds of voting in Sierra Leone.

Opposition leader Ernest Bai Koroma of the All Peoples' Congress (APC) defeated the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) candidate and Vice President Solomon Berewa in the runoff to emerge President.

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