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CONFIRMED: President Adama Barrow Returns To The Gambia Today!!

The suspense around the return to Gambia of new President Adama Barrow, expected in his country since the departure in exile of Yahya Jammeh, dissipated Wednesday, with the announcement of his arrival Thursday afternoon in Banjul.

Welcomed to Senegal on 15 January at the request of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), who feared for his life during the last days of Mr Jammeh’s term, Mr Barrow differed until then His return, citing persistent fears for his safety.

“The arrival in Banjul of President Adama Barrow is scheduled for Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4:00 pm (local and GMT). Any change to this program will be communicated,” says a message published Wednesday morning on a Facebook account in his name.

Asked about the authenticity of this message, his adviser Mai Fatty replied: “Yes, tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon,” in a text message to AFP in Dakar. A source at the Senegalese presidency confirmed that this information was “accurate”.

Neither Adama Barrow nor his entourage had so far officially announced a date for his return, expected since the departure in exile on January 21 evening of former President Yahya Jammeh, hosted in Equatorial Guinea.

Adama Barrow was sworn in on 19 January at the Embassy of Gambia at the Embassy of the Gambia at the Embassy of the Gambia on December 9, against Yahya Jammeh – who had initially acknowledged his defeat before reversing himself on December 9, triggering a six-week crisis. Dakar.

He has not appeared, nor has he ever spoken publicly to his people, apart from a series of interviews given to local and international media in Dakar.

In Banjul, a coalition official who brought Barrow to power, welcomed this “exhilarating” news. “It is important that he come to avoid the vacuum” of power, she told AFP.

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– Hidden Mercenaries –

Expectations and challenges are daunting, beginning with the establishment of an administration that seemed to be under-implemented, with the Vice-President chosen by Mr Barrow, Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang, Constitutional age.

“I told President Barrow that many concerns have been raised” since Ms. Tambajang’s appointment, although “made in good faith on the basis of facts available,” her spokesman, Halifa Sallah, told Banjul on Tuesday.

It was suggested to the Head of State to set up a “verification committee,” he said, saying he was “sure that if new facts emerge”, the appointment could be reconsidered.

The Gambian president called for the continuation of the ECOWAS military operation, launched on January 19 from Senegal to force Mr. Jammeh to cede power, judging the security conditions insufficient to return.

“President Adama Barrow asked us two or three weeks for us to study whether there are stocks of weapons somewhere, and if there are hidden mercenaries somewhere,” Commission of the ECOWAS Marcel Alain de Souza.

The Gambia, a small English-speaking country totally enclave in Senegal, except for a narrow coastal façade popular with tourists, was led by an iron hand for 22 years by Yahya Jammeh, a former soldier.

Mr. Barrow also asked the ECOWAS forces to stay six months in the country, a decision that will belong to the ECOWAS military officials, stressed Mr. de Souza.

Mr. Jammeh’s departure encouraged the return of thousands of people who fled the country for fear of unrest or fighting. Until Monday, at least 8,000 of them had returned and “return movements continue,” according to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Tuesday.

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