Barrow insists he has backing of top military brass

Barrow insists he has backing of top military brass

Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow is banking on a statement by the country’s army chief Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie when he called to congratulate him that the military is on the side of the Gambian people.

Bargie told Barrow that he is supporting President Yahya Jammeh 100% as his current commander in chief, but he is also supporting Mr. Barrow 150% as the president-elect.

“Unless otherwise, I will continue to rely on that,” Barrow said.

General Bargie caused confusion after he met with West African leaders in The Gambia with a badged picture of Jammeh on his uniform and told reporters he was loyal to commander in chief Jammeh.

The UN canceled Bargie’s visit to Gambian troops that are part of its peacekeeping force in Sudan’s troubled Darfur region after security forces seized the electoral commission office.

President Yahya Jammeh who had conceded defeat to Adama Barrow made a political fumble and reversed his bold decision refusing to leave power and calling for fresh polls. The UN Security Council has demanded he step down.

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