President-elect Adama Barrow says he would be sworn-in on Gambian soil but may be forced to take the oath of office in a Gambian Embassy and have an official ceremony after President Yahya Jammeh is flushed out.
Nigeria’s Foreign Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said it might be “impractical” for Mr. Barrow to be sworn-in in Banjul, “in which case it will be done on Gambian territory somewhere,” he told french media, RFI.
“Banjul is not the only part of Gambian territory and there are other parts of Gambian territory to which he would have access,” Onyeama said.
Barrow is currently in Dakar, neighboring Senegal’s capital at the request of other West African leaders.
President Yahya Jammeh has declared a state of emergency in the country, blaming it on excessive foreign interference in the nation’s internal affairs.
Jammeh was defeated in last month’s election and refusing to leave power. More than half a dozen ministers have resigned from his government and tens of soldiers who are accused of being sympathetic to the president-elect have been detained.