Barrow set to declare self President in exile

Barrow set to declare self President in exile

Adama Barrow, acclaimed winner of The Gambian presidential poll, who was meant to be sworn-in Thursday but is hiding in Senegal on the advice of ECOWAS leaders, may declare himself President-in-exile.

Barrow is reported to have reached out to Gambians and other friends, inviting all to his inauguration billed for Thursday at The Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal. He did so via his twitter handle.

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This development comes on the hills of earlier reports which noted that Nigerian and Senegalese troops had amassed at The Gambian border awaiting instructions to forcefully eject Yahya Jammeh whose tenure elapsed Thursday as President of The Gambia.

Jammeh has become increasingly isolated with ECOWAS and the United Nations resolved that he must quit. It has also been confirmed that his Vice President and four members of the executive have deserted the administration.

Reports say the inauguration ceremony is billed for 4pm, Thursday.

Meanwhile, emerging reports say The Gambian military has resolved not to engage the ECOWAS troops in combat if and when they storm the country. A top ranking Gambian army chief, Ousman Badjie,  is said to have told journalists that he was not ready shed the blood of Gambian soldiers for what is largely a political dispute.

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