Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow is waiting for a security sweep to be completed to return to Banjul to take power.
Barrow has been in neighboring Senegal’s capital, Dakar at the request of fellow West African leaders who were concerned about his safety.
Last minute diplomatic efforts led by Guinea’s Alpha Conde and Mauritania’s Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz saved former President Yahya Jammeh from being military dislodged by West African troops.
Jammeh initially conceded defeat but a week later contested the poll’s results stating irregularities igniting tensions in the country.
The ECOMIG forces are expected to secure Mr. Barrow for now. They are to stay in the country until the situation is stabilized and any threat to constitutional rule neutralized.
More than 45,000 people fled the Gambia fearing violence. The exodus sparked a humanitarian crisis around the border with Senegal.
Jammeh has been in power since 1994 after staging a coup. He reign has been ruthless, his critics and human rights groups say. The Gambia is one of Africa’s smallest countries and has had only two rulers since independence in 1965.