Gambia: President-elect Barrow to remain in Senegal until swearing-in

Adama Barrow

Senegal will host Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow until his swearing-in ceremony, the state-owned Senegalese news agency APS reported Sunday.

The swearing-in is due to take place on Thursday, but outgoing President Yahya Jammeh has challenged the result of the December 1 election at the Supreme Court.

Mr. Barrow arrived in Dakar shortly after midnight on Sunday, APS quoted an unnamed official source as saying.

The agency said Senegalese President Macky Sall had accepted to host Mr. Barrow at the request of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) at a Franco-African summit in the Malian capital Bamako on Saturday.

ECOWAS had set Thursday as a deadline to try to resolve the Gambian political crisis, Radio France Internationale earlier quoted Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe as saying.

Mr. Jammeh’s refusal to concede defeat has sparked fears of violence in the West African country.

Mr. Barrow attended the Franco-African summit, while Mr. Jammeh was absent, following talks between ECOWAS mediators and both leaders in Gambia on Friday.

A statement from Mr. Barrow’s office said Mr. Jammeh’s meeting with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari and other ECOWAS representatives was “unproductive.”

The talks with ECOWAS came several hours after Gambia’s ruling party filed a motion with the Supreme Court to prevent Barrow from being sworn into office on Jan. 19.

ECOWAS earlier pledged to send troops to ensure a peaceful transition of power if Jammeh persists in his refusal to step down after ruling Gambia with an iron fist for more than two decades.

(dpa/NAN)


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  • Sanssouci

    Military training + 22 years as a president of a nation, and you still can’t figure out that it is time to quit?

    • TTT news centre

      I will continue in office as President of Gambia…….

      “Only the supreme court of The Gambia can declare anyone a President. So, I ask anyone of us to respect
      the supreme law of the republic and await the Supreme Court review on the election result. Our investigations
      have revealed an unprecedented foreign interference in our elections and internal affairs. And also a sustained
      smear campaign, propaganda and misinformation. Our Constitution is the supreme law and does not allow any
      organization or law or treaty to supersede it as per section 4 of the Constitution; the supremacy of the Constitution”.

      ……….President Jammeh of The Gambia

      (January 10th, 2017)

      • D. Glavdar

        @ismaila_katakore:disqus

        But I am not aware of the domestic values Nigeria will attempt to
        export to The Gambia by military invasion over an election petition pending
        hearing at the Supreme Court of The Gambia. As a matter of fact; there’s none.

        In Nigeria, the Managing Director of Sterling bank, Yemi Adeola,
        continues his own limitless tenure in office despite being caught a fortnight
        ago with 153 million dollars stolen from NNPC. Why then should President Yahya
        Jammeh in faraway Gambia be threatened with armored tanks to quit office, if
        Yemi Adeola, as a proved moneylaundering criminal accomplice, is granted
        impunity for continuous stay in office?

        It makes no sense! Or am I aware that Sanusi Lamido Sanusi has been
        asked to quit his own traditional office in Kano on audit evidence of wholesale
        looting of Central Bank of Nigeria in excess of 1.6 trillion Naira. These two
        examples show the contradictions of President Buhari’s foreign policy in
        Gambia. A good foreign policy must come from domestic principles well-kept at
        home, not by endeavoring to enforce standards abroad which are routinely violated
        with impunity inside Nigeria

        • Logician2000

          @Glavdar: Sanusi Lamido Sanusi prances around
          with some hilarious staff of office in Kano, despite that the audit result of the
          federal government of Nigeria shows him as centrally involved in stealing over
          one trillion Naira in Central Bank of Nigeria. In public eyes, Sanusi Lamido is
          the worst incongruity existing under a Buhari regime professing anti-corruption
          policy. So long as Sanusi Lamido Sanusi is not brought to justice according to
          law, President Buhari will look like a fake Messiah whose reputational fortunes
          can hardly be retrieved from the gutters.

    • Julius

      That tells you the mentality of these fools. The sense of inflated ego and power. He will likely be dead soon.

  • Arabakpura

    They can save military onslaught and send Nigerian kidnappers; this is a small job for them! This is where their expertise can be put to positive use!

    • L’homme Diplomatique

      @arabakpura:disqus

      Repeal and replace a dull-headed Geoffrey Onyeama

      I hear you! But let me tell you the serious side of this Gambia debacle.
      Nigerian Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama proves worse than useless.
      A career diplomat is meant to have sound theoretical knowledge of diplomacy.

      No such knowledge has been obvious since this debacle in Gambia started.
      The mental vacuity of Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama suggests one thing.
      Geoffrey Onyeama should be repealed and replaced as Nigeria’s Foreign Minister.

      There’s been no clarity of thought on Nigeria’s position on the Gambian crisis, if any.
      A Supreme Court proceeding should afterall not be called a crisis or a threat to peace.
      As such, Geoffrey Onyeama cannot and does not articulate Nigeria’s real policy objective.

      • Arabakpura

        I think most people don’t believe the Gambian debacle is such a serious one judging by the quantities involved! I also don’t think it’s a big deal but we will see how it’s gonna be resolved; I predict that Jammeh will give up at the last minute because he just does not have any clout!

        • Julius

          No he doesn’t and I predict the foot/ lower level soldiers will eventually turn on him.

  • M.S Takoradi

    Premium Times Editor,

    The case President Jammeh took to court

    PREMIUM TIMES is like a proverbial fly that sticks in blind loyalty to a smelly corpse and ends up
    getting buried with the corpse. Premium Times has been supporting President Buhari all the way,
    even where it is obvious that President Buhari is on a wrong road. I don’t know what Buhari is
    giving the Premium Times people to eat, but whatever it is, this loyalty will soon unravel since
    Premium Times can’t say a simple truth to Buhari that Nigerians are not in support of any
    military invasion of Gambia because Nigerians are not convinced that President Jammeh
    has committed any offence. Till today too President Buhari cannot mention one single
    law that President Jammeh has violated. So, why do any nonsense invasion plan?
    The issue President Jammeh took before the Supreme Court is cogent and solid.
    The Electoral Commission of Gambia issued and signed two conflicting results.
    President Jammeh wants a court review to infer invalidity and illegality in effect.

    • ‘Sho’

      PREMIUM TIMES IS A MUJAHEDIN MEDIA HOUSE WHERE
      THE HIJAB IS COMPULSORY FACE VEIL FOR ALL THE JOURNALISTS
      IN THE NEWSROOM; AT THE GATE, IN THE TOILET AND THE STAFF CANTEEN;
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