Barrow explains why he has not addressed the nation

Barrow explains why he has not addressed the nation

The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow said coalition leaders were waiting on the government to congratulate them on their election victory and that it was late in the night before the outcome of the results were known, which made it unsafe for him to be outside his home.

“That takes time and it was late so it was not safe anymore for me to go in the street so I decided to come home. But we are working on it to gather our supporters at one point and address them,” said Barrow.

President Yahya Jammeh has conceded defeat since December 2 and it is coming to a week since Mr. Barrow won the decisive polls without officially addressing the nation.

Coalition leaders have not announced when the president-elect will officially thank Gambians.

The president-elect has been involved in meetings to form his government but has been giving interviews to international newspapers and radio and television stations.

Gambians are becoming impatient to have their new leader address them, more than five days after the historic ouster of its longtime ruler, President Yahya Jammeh.

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