Gambia president-elect plans inauguration in Senegal

Miranda GreerJan 22, 2017

The army general was seen yesterday in the streets of Banjul jubilating with the people after the swearing-in of Mr. Barrow in Dakar, Senegal.

The terms of the deal and where Jammeh will seek exile are not clear as yet.

The former Gambian president negotiated Friday with the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania before agreeing to step down.

West African regional forces announced they were preparing for a possible military deployment to Gambia in the event that Jammeh refused to step down.

Late on Friday, Mr Barrow declared that "the rule of fear" in the tiny West African nation had ended.

The new president also said that Jammeh would be leaving within hours on Saturday and told Gambians who had fled the country that they now had "the liberty to return home".

Adama Barrow was sworn-in as Gambian President Thursday at the Gambia Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.

Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh has said he has chose to relinquish power, after hours of talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave.

"If a political solution fails, we will engage" in operations in The Gambia, Senegal army spokesman Colonel Abdou Ndiaye said ahead of the deadline.

Jammeh was possibly to leave the Gambia yesterday, but might stay on for three days, according to an official close to talks mediated by Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and Guinean President Alpha Conde.

British tour operator Thomas Cook started evacuating almost 1,000 holidaymakers from Gambia on Wednesday after President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on his final day in office, increasing the chances of civil unrest.

The force was seeking the U.N. Security Council's endorsement of its "all necessary measures" to help remove Jammeh. But a week later, Jammeh dramatically reversed course and said the election result was void because of "irregularities".

"If they (Senegalese) come in, we are here like this", Mr Badjie said, making a hands up or surrender gesture.

There have been reports that "some of Charles Taylor [former president of Liberia] mercenaries from the Liberian civil war period were possibly going to get involved" in the election crisis of the Gambia, he stated.

"We believe he'll go to Guinea, but we are yet to confirm 100 percent, but that's what we believe", Barrow said.

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