President-elect of Gambia, Adama Barrow, is reportedly in the neighbouring country of Senegal and is likely to remain there until his inauguration day, which comes up on the 19th of January.
His resolution to remain in Senegal is based on the request of West African leaders.
“Senegalese President Macky Sall accepted on Saturday in Bamako to welcome Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow in Dakar until his inauguration,” the official APS agency said, quoting an official.
President Yahya Jammeh is expected to pass the baton to President-elect Adama Barrow on January 19 but the long-time leader has refused to accept the election result.
A Senegalese presidential source confirmed to AFP that the President-elect is indeed in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, due to consultations with heads of state from the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) at the Bamako summit in Mali.
“Barrow is in Dakar as of Sunday, just after midnight,” the official source told APS. “The Senegalese president accepted the request of his Liberian counterpart Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the current Ecowas president,” it added.
According to Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) set Thursday as a deadline for the Gambian political crisis to be resolved, Radio France Internationale (RFI) reported.
President Jammeh’s refusal to accept the result of the December 1 election, despite Adama BArrow’s swearing-in ceremony drawing close has sparked fears of a looming political violence in Gambians.
This has consequently led to some Gambians fleeing the country. Some to neighbouring Senegal, and others to Guinea and Sierra Leone.