The United Nations warned on Monday that the international community will resist any attempt to subvert the will of The Gambia, as rumors of a possible coup become ubiquitous in the West African nation of The Gambia
“Any section of the Gambian army that tries to derail the transition process will face stiff resistance from Ecowas and the UN,” said Muhammad Ibn Chambas, the UN Envoy for Western Africa.
Gambia’s longtime strongman President Yahya Jammeh lost in shocking elections last week and conceded defeat to opposition coalition flag bearer Adama Barrow.
Barrow is due to meet President Jammeh this week.
Jammeh is expected to hand over power to President-elect Barrow on January 18.
Gambian blogs and papers reported that senior members and loyalists of outgoing President Yahya Jammeh’s elite presidential guard were poised to stage a coup and eventually return Mr. Jammeh to power.
Gambia’s military and police chiefs pledged support to the new government and said they will be out to ensure that the will of The Gambian people is done.
“We are here for you and your government and the people of The Gambia in general and let me inform you that all security forces in the country are behind you and your government for the betterment of this country and nothing else,” said military chief Ousman Bargie.
(Reporting by Sheriff Bojang Jr – WADR; Writing by Sam Phatey; Editing by Sainey MK Marenah)