Regional troops take over Gambia’s capital and seat of presidency

Regional troops take over Gambia’s capital and seat of presidency

West African forces have taken over the State House, the seat of the Gambian presidency in the capital, Banjul.

13 Marina Parade is the official residence of the Gambia’s president and will be the country’s new President Adama Barrow’s home.

Gambians are awaiting the arrival of Mr. Barrow who is holed up in neighboring Senegal pending a security sweep.

ECOMIG troops, a regional force sent to enforce the outcome of the Gambia’s elections that saw longtime ruler President Yahya Jammeh defeated disarmed Gambian soldiers on Sunday.

The Gambian military has been urged to cooperate with them as they temporarily take over security and stabilize the political tension in the tourist-attracting nation.

With global backing, Barrow was sworn in on Thursday at Gambia’s embassy in Senegal for his safety, hours after Jammeh’s mandate expired at midnight.

President Yahya Jammeh left the Gambia on Saturday and now in exile in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea’s capital. Banjul, the island capital would be inspected Monday to determine whether security is adequate for Barrow’s safe return.

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