Gambia: President elect Barrow to be sworn-in at Gambia’s embassy in Senegal

Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow poses for a photo after an exclusive interview with Reuters in Banjul, Gambia, December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Afolabi Sotunde

 

Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow will be sworn-in at the country’s embassy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.

Last minute efforts by Mauritania’s President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz for Jammeh to avert the use of military force failed.

Soldiers and police officers have secured the embassy and hundreds of Gambians have gathered outside to witness the swearing-in wearing t-shirts that read: Gambia has decided.

Barrow has been in Senegal at the request of West African leaders and was unable to go back home after his eight-year-old son died on Monday.

West African troops are stationed at the Gambia’s border on the Senegalese side. Nigerian Air Force fighter jets are already flying over the Gambia.

Foreign tourists have been evacuated and thousands of Gambians fled. The streets of the capital, Banjul are deserted and the busy Serrekunda markets are like ghost malls.

Jammeh came to power through a bloodless coup in 1994. His reign has, however, not being as bloodless. Human rights groups accuse Mr. Jammeh, who has in the past claimed he can cure Aids and infertility, of repression.

He is refusing to step down citing abnormalities in the electoral process.

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