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Saturday, 21 January 2017

I am in consultation with ECOWAS: President Barrow to stay in Senegal until Jammeh Leave for Guinea

An Unconfirmed reports has it that Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh with his familly has departed The Gambia to Guinea

The recently inaugurated president of The Gambia, Adama Barrow, has revealed he will be ruling the country from his hide out in Dakar, Senegal until he gets security clearance from ECOWAS. He was sworn into office on Thursday at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar as Yahya Jammeh refused to relinquish power after losing elections in December.

Jammeh cites irregularities during the electoral process in December.

Mr Barrow, a political novice, won the elections to end the over two-decades-old grip on power by Mr Jammeh. Since the announcement by the country's electoral commission, Mr Jammeh has sought to use various means to extend his rule, calling for fresh elections at some point.

“I cannot state a day and time [to return to The Gambia] but it will be sooner than later...I am in consultation with ECOWAS and when the coast is clear I will return home, very soon,” he told a Gambian-based journalist, Adolphus Mawolo.

He said his team in Dakar has already gotten names for his cabinet and would soon be made public.

Yahya Jammeh, who has been ruling the country for more than twenty years announced on Friday that he will step down, after breaching two deadlines given him by the ECOWAS-ECOMONG forces to leave office. He announced on state TV that "not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed", however, that pronouncement has not convinced many who fear Mr Jammeh's erratic behaviour.

The statement followed hours of talks between Mr Jammeh and West African mediators. He gave no details of what deal might have been struck.

Meanwhile, Mr Barrow says members of his coalition party will be appropriately represented in his administration once he takes over the reins of government fully.

Also speaking to the Associated Press on Saturday, Adama Barrow urged caution after an online petition called for Yahya Jammeh to be arrested, and not be granted asylum.

"We aren't talking about prosecution here, we are talking about getting a truth and reconciliation commission," Barrow told the AP. "Before you can act, you have to get the truth, to get the facts together."

Barrow said he will return to his homeland after the outgoing president leaves.

Writing on Twitter on Saturday from Senegal, Barrow said: "As Yahya Jammeh officially stepped down from office - I will be returning to my homeland, the Republic of The Gambia. #NewGambia."

Jammeh is expected to leave soon for Guinea, reports said.

Barrow said he will enter Gambia once a security sweep has been completed.

"It is not yet confirmed information, but reliable sources say he'll be leaving today," Barrow told AP. "We believe he'll go to Guinea, but we are yet to confirm 100 percent, but that's what we believe."

It was reported in the Guinean capital, Conakry, that the security minister was at the airport with jeeps full of well-armed military personnel, witnesses said.

However, a special plane also landed from Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea, with only a crew and no passengers, suggesting that could be Jammeh's final destination. Equatorial Guinea, unlike Guinea, is not a state party to the International Criminal Court.

The new Gambian president said he had not yet been given the communique that should spell out the terms of Jammeh's departure.

"What is fundamental here is he will live in a foreign country as of now," he said.

An unconfirmed report has it that Jammh has departed the country with his familly!

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