In Senegal yesterday, at the Gambia’s Embassy, amidst all drama back in the country, the President-elect, Adama Barrow took the oath of office as the new president of the Islamic state of The Gambia.
The recent quagmire in Gambia is no longer novel to the world. It would be recalled that Adama Barrow defeated the incumbent president, Yahya Jammeh in the Country’s Dec. 1 presidential election. Having rejected the election’s transparency and fairness, Yahya Jammeh refused to concede the defeat and has seen then vowed to cling on to power. He had therefore made attempt to halt the inauguration process. After loosing his stance at the court of law, Jammeh declared a state of emergency in the state to achieve a legal 90 days extension of office which was granted by the senate on Wednesday. His reactions have since then led to an increasing unrest in the country causing people to move out of the country. the president elect (now President) was also advised to flee to Senegal where he is now been sworn-in.
International communities such as AU, ECOWAS and neighbouring Countries have risen up to interfere in the threatening status of the country. ECOWAS had promised to remove Jammeh from office by force if he fails to officially handover power by the end of Thursday. And with Military Mercenaries put in place, the West African Solidarity is ready to strike.
Jammeh, who has been in power since a 1994 coup initially conceded defeat to Barrow before retracting as he questions the integrity of the election result, has been persuaded to step down but refused despite his increasing political isolation.
Amidst all uproar, International communities have said they would begin to recognize Adama Barrow as the President from Thursday on. Hence, the beginning of a new administration. Barrow has said in his inaugural speech that the country is set to begin a new life.
“This is a day no Gambian will ever forget,” Barrow said after taking the oath, which was administered by the president of Gambia’s bar association.
“Our national flag will now fly high among the most democratic nations of the World”. He added.
He further besieged the continual support of the international communities against the dreaded enemy as regional troops prepare to strike.
“I hereby make an explicit appeal to ECOWAS, the (African Union) and the UN… to support the government and people of the Gambia in enforcing their will, restoring their sovereignty and constitutional legitimacy,” he said.
Senegal’s army, which has deployed hundreds of soldiers at the Gambian border, said on Wednesday it would be ready to cross into its smaller neighbor, which it surrounds, from midnight. Ghana has also pledged troops.
A senior military source in Nigeria, which pre-positioned war planes and helicopters in Dakar, told Reuters that regional forces would only act once Barrow had been sworn in.
Barrow gave the oath in a tiny room in Gambia’s embassy in the Senegalese capital, Dakar. A senior aide to Barrow said that, once sworn in, arrangements would be made for him to return to Gambia though it was unclear how he would travel.
With Jammeh standing in isolation in all of this, It is still unclear what Jammeh’s next move would be. His Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy has also quit on him later on Wednesday.