Their meeting may be a little awkward, but President-elect Adama Barrow is expected to be in the State House this week to hold talks with President Yahya Jammeh, after a shocking election that have reshaped the politics of The Gambia.
Mr. Barrow and Jammeh are expected to talk domestic and foreign policies. It is expected of outgoing President Yahya Jammeh to talk of peace and security in Africa and maintaining law and order.
President Yahya Jammeh has been notorious for hiding under the pretext of national security to crackdown on dissenting voices.
One thing is certain, President-elect Barrow will not a version of President Jammeh’s daily brief, a compilation of clandestine operations by Jammeh’s special forces and classified intelligence on many secret detentions, deaths, and prisoners of conscience.
Mr. Barrow’s election has sent a shockwave across the world as Gambians bask in the glory of freedom. He has been in contact with members of the international community, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
The real estate executives meeting with Mr. Jammeh will mark the first step of the transition as Barrow prepares to lead a country that is deeply divided and deeply hurt.
Barrow, whose campaign drew support from first-time youth voters is expected to focus on building strong institutions and work towards fixing the economy. His government is inheriting billions of Dalasis in unserviceable international and domestic debts.