Thursday, 19 January 2017

Yahya Jammeh Removed By Force, Barrow Sworn In As Gambia President [Details]

Adama Barrow took the oath of office as Gambia’s president yesterday at its embassy in neighbouring Senegal, calling for international support as regional troops prepared to back him in a showdown with incumbent Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down.

Barrow’s appeal that could trigger a military push into Gambia by West Africa’s ECOWAS (Economic Community Of West African States) bloc, which has said it is ready to remove Jammeh by force if necessary.
Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup and whose mandate ended overnight, initially conceded defeat to Barrow following a December 1 election before back-tracking, saying that the vote was flawed.