Adama Barrow was today sworn in as The Gambia’s president and he has taken the oath of office at his country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal.
The ceremony was administered by Sheriff Tambadou, president of the Gambian Bar Association.
As it stands, Adama Barrow and Yahya Jammeh both claim to be presidents of The Gambia and as the incumbent refuses to vacate the seat, the president-elect has been sworn in.
Meanwhile more and more people have declared their allegiance to Barrow as Jammeh refuses to step down.
The president-elect tweeted from his official account:
— Adama Barrow (@adama_barrow) January 19, 2017
Both the country’s vice president, Isatou Njie Saidy, the army led by its chief, Ousman Badjie and a lot of others have also abandoned Jammeh.
Unconfirmed reports said that as tension continued to mount, the wife and children of the outgoing Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh allegedly abandoned him and have equally fled the country’s capital of Banjul a day before on the eve of the deadline given Jammeh by the ECOWAS and the African Union to step down.
Also part of The Gambia’s military force has abandoned the recalcitrant president and they said Jammeh is currently surrounded only by foreign mercenaries and Casamance rebels.