Embattled President Yahya Jammeh is demanding that President Adama Barrow delays his inauguration, be allowed to stay in the Gambia and new mediators other than ECOWAS be appointed, according to government sources.
Jammeh has until this evening to cede power before ECOMIG forces continue their march towards the Gambia’s capital, Banjul.
West African leaders, including President Barrow, may not allow Jammeh to stay in the country after stalling many opportunities to hand over peacefully.
Mr. Barrow had offered Jammeh an olive branch severally to step aside and be respected as a former head of state.
Jammeh instead deployed his loyalist to secure the city, putting up fighting positions in strategic locations. Dozens of soldiers who are suspected of supporting Barrow were detained by Jammeh’s forces.
President Barrow has ordered the soldiers to return back to the barracks after taking his oath of office in a historic ceremony at the Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
Jammeh announced Thursday he had dissolved his cabinet and will be announcing a new government.
A regional military force that crossed the border in support of Mr. Barrow, is awaiting orders. Marcel Alain de Souza, chair of the West African union Ecowas, said troops would force Jammeh out if he refused to leave the country.