President-elect Adama Barrow of Gambia will be sworn-in in the Gambia Embassy in Senegal, according to a tweet from his official handle.
This comes as the whereabouts of sit-tight president Yahya Jammeh remains unclear following abandonment by his security forces, who have shown to be supporting President-elect Barrow, and his family, who have allegedly fled Gambia.
In messages posted on his social media accounts, Barrow said the inauguration was going to take place as scheduled on Thursday in the Senegalese capital, Dakar.
Reports from Al Jazeera says that representatives of West African heads of states were expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony, due to take place at 16:00 GMT (5 pm Nigeria time).
Earlier on Thursday, his Vice President Isatou Njie Saidy, since 1997, resigned, becoming the highest level official to abandon Jammeh’s camp in his standoff with opposition Barrow, who won last month’s presidential election.
Also his army chief explained that he won’t order his soldiers to fight for President Jammeh.
Speaking on Wednesday night, the army chief said,”We are not going to involve ourselves militarily. This is a political dispute. I am not going to involve my soldiers in a stupid fight. I love my men.”
Citizens of Gambia have continued to leave the country, fleeing from perceived death and moving to nearby Senegal.
These also includes the wife and kids of the President, according to some unconfirmed reports
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