(JollofNews) – Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow has temporarily moved to the Senegalese, capital Dakar, until his planned inauguration.
The decision was made for security reasons by West African leaders on Saturday in Bamako, Mali, after a meeting on the political situation in the Gambia with Mr Barrow.
Mr Barrow, 51, is due to be inaugurated on January 19th as Gambia’s third president after he was declared winner of last month’s presidential election by the country’s electoral commission.
But President Yahya Jammeh who has ruled the Gambia since 1994 is refusing to handover power at the end of his term on January 18th. His regime has deployed heavily armed soldiers at strategic locations across the country ahead of Mr Barrow’s planned inauguration.
Mr Jammeh had initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as rigged proof but changed his mind a week later and filed a suit at the supreme court asking judges to determine that Mr Barrow was not duly elected or returned as president, and that the said election was void.