Members of Gambia's Army forces are seen in a stadium in Banjul, Gambia December 5, 2016. Picture taken December 5, 2016. REUTERS/ Thierry Gouegnon

Gambia police, not army to protect Gambia’s next president

Gambia’s new administration will be taking a U.S. approach to protecting the president. The country’s new government said its president, vice president, and senior officials will be protected by a special police force and not the military.

The coalition authorities did not say what they will be doing with the State Guard and Republican National Guard that has provided security for the country’s current president.

In the U.S., the secret service police protect the nation’s leadership, financial institutions, critical infrastructure, and foreign dignitaries and embassies.

Analysts have suggested that such a force be created by any new government in the West African nation and have all military officers return to the barracks and concentrate on protecting the country and taking part in peacekeeping missions.

The Gambia’s army under President Jammeh has been accused of rights abuses extensive rights violations and still believed to have loyalists within.

The Gambia’s Chief of Defense Staff, Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie has pledged allegiance to the country’s president-elect.

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