The international community has strongly backed the legitimacy of President-elect Adama Barrow with the United Nations, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the European Union (EU) and others recognizing him as the duly elected leader of The Gambia.
The UN Security Council has passed a unanimous resolution for President Yahya Jammeh to step down. West African leaders have all agreed to attend President-elect Barrow’s inauguration.
The Gambia’s key development partner, EU, has been meeting with Barrow and already working on a pathway to better cooperation between The Gambia and the European Union.
President-elect Barrow has already had several meetings at his transition office at Kairaba Hotel with the U.S. and British Ambassadors, and diplomats from other countries including Spain.
There has been a political standoff since Jammeh refused to hand over power to Barrow.
President Yahya Jammeh is legally challenging the outcome of the elections in the country’s Supreme Court, but the UN and ECOWAS insist he must step down or face strong sanctions. ECOWAS, the West African bloc of nations is not putting off the use of military force to bend Jammeh to leave. His forceful stay in power they say can destabilize the entire sub-region.
Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari will be leading a mediation effort with Ghana’s outgoing President John Mahama.
President-elect Barrow has met with West African leaders including Mr. Buhari in Banjul and they urged him to continue preparing for his inauguration. Nigeria’s Buhari is particularly looking forward to working with the Gambia’s incoming government on new ways to improve trade.
Barrow has threatened to swear himself in as president when Jammeh’s term expires on January 18.
The international community will be funneling millions in aid and grants to The Gambia’s new government and President-elect Barrow said the economy is his top priority. The Gambia’s relation with Western nations under Jammeh has strained and Barrow seeks to turn this around.
The EU is more than likely to restore a 33 million EURO budgetary support fund that had been withheld and the U.S. may quickly restore The Gambia’s eligibility for AGOA and the Millennium Challenge Cooperation.