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Gambia security forces block access to electoral office

Gambian security forces have blocked access to the electoral commission office as West African leaders try to persuade the country's president to respect elections that voted him out of power after 22 years.

The security forces appeared outside the electoral commission office on Tuesday and refused to let staffers enter.

President Yahya Jammeh initially conceded defeat, but last week announced he was rejecting the December 1 vote results.

He alleges voting irregularities.

Liberia President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is heading the meetings with Mr Jammeh.

Other leaders include Nigeria President Muhammadu Buhari, Sierra Leone President Ernest Bai Koroma and Ghana President John Mahama, who also was just voted from office.

The West African regional bloc has warned that Gambia could be plunged into violence if Mr Jammeh does not respect a peaceful transition.

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