Investigation requested into coup attempt in The Gambia

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Street scene in downtown Banjul, The Gambia. Photo: IRIN/Nicholas Reader (file)

A transparent investigation into an attempted coup d'état in The Gambia has been requested by the United Nations Secretary-General.

In a statement on Wednesday, Ban Ki-moon said he was closely following developments in the West African country.

Media reports indicated that heavy gunfire had been heard near the presidential palace in the capital Banjul on Tuesday, but that the military's attempt to seize power through unconstitutional means was averted.

The Permanent Representative of Chad, Mahamat Zene Cherif, spoke on behalf of the Security Council.

” The members of the Security Council condemn this coup attempt against the legal and the democratic situation in the country, and members of the Security Council welcomed the normalization of the situation in the country.” (0'16")

The Special Representative of the Secretary-General for West Africa, Mohammed Ibn Chambas, will be traveling to The Gambia to conduct further assessments.

The Gambia’s President, Yahya Jammeh, seized power in 1994.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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