Swearing-in of Barrow at Dakar embassy is legal

There is no requirement of location for President Adama Barrow to be sworn-in, said Aziz Bensouda, top Gambian lawyer and Secretary General of its bar association.

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow was sworn-in at the Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, the Senegalese capital on Thursday.

Sheriff Tambadou, the bar association president prescribed the oath of office.

“Traditionally, it has been a judge but any commissioner of oaths can or a lawyer even,” Bensouda told RFI. “In fact, he [Barrow] can self-administer the oath and hold the Koran and swear.”

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step aside and Mr. Barrow has given orders to soldiers to return to their barracks.

Cheering crowds were outside the Gambian embassy. Many broke down into tears having entered a new Gambia.

West African troops are on standby waiting for orders to enter Banjul and flush out Jammeh.

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