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Gambia president-elect plans inauguration in Senegal

6 months 5 days 22 hours ago Thursday, January 19 2017 Jan 19, 2017 January 19, 2017 7:28 AM January 19, 2017 in News
Source: WBRZ

DAKAR, Senegal - Gambia's president-elect says he will be sworn in to office today at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal, as his country's political crisis continues.

The Facebook and Twitter accounts for Adama Barrow, run by his staff, say the inauguration will take place in the embassy in Senegal's capital, Dakar.

Barrow won the December election, but President Yahya Jammeh, in power for more than two decades, is refusing to step down, saying he does not accept the result, citing irregularities. Jammeh's mandate expired at midnight and troops from Senegal and other West African countries have positioned themselves on Gambia's border with the intention of forcing Jammeh to cede power.

Mauritania's leader made a last-ditch diplomatic effort late Wednesday, meeting with Jammeh in Banjul before flying to Senegal.

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