December 14, 2016 / 1:59 PM / 3 years ago

U.N. chief condemns army takeover of Gambia elections commission

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon speaks before the swearing-in of Secretary-General-designate Mr. Antonio Guterres of Portugal at UN headquarters in New York, U.S., December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned on Wednesday the takeover of Gambia’s elections commission headquarters by soldiers and called for them to vacate the building immediately, a spokesman said.

“He condemns this outrageous act of disrespect of the will of the Gambian people and defiance towards the international community at a time when a high-level ... delegation was in the country to broker a peaceful transfer of power,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Emma Farge

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