President Adama Barrow, has been officially sworn in as Gambia’s third president since post-independence in 1965. He took his oath office, and allegiance today in the Senegalese Capital Dakar. Mr. Barrow is the winner of the past Gambian presidential elections. He defeated incumbent dictator Yahya Jammeh. Mr. Jammeh is refusing to step down despite local and international calls for him to relinquish power.
President Macky Sall of Senegal has played a pivotal role in ensuring that Mr. Barrow’s electoral victory is not subverted by Jammeh. He spearheaded a UN resolution for the UN Security Council to compel Jammeh to step down. The Resolution is being debated at this hour for voting.
In the meantime, ECOWAS forces are on standby along The Gambia/ Senegal border waiting for green light from the UN to launch a military operation to unseat Jammeh from power.
In his speech, President Barrow thanked ECOWAS, and the international community for standing by Gambia during this trying times. He also appealed to the African bloc to help defend the verdict of The Gambian people. He also used the occasion to reach out to the Gambian security forces to defend the verdict of the Gambian people. He urged the army to pledge their loyalty to him. He said soldiers who refused to recognize the new political dispensation would be treated as rebels.