Gambia’s Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang is in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa for her first appearance in the African Union head of states meeting after a violent end to the political standoff in the country was averted.
The African Union’s new Chair, Guinea’s President Alpha Conde deployed a diplomatic last minute effort for former Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to cede power.
ECOMIG forces were poised to depose Jammeh and uphold the outcome of the elections that saw him defeated by real estate developer, Adama Barrow.
President Adama Barrow was sworn-in in neighboring Senegal and authorized the ECOMIG forces to enter the Gambia. They have since secured the capital and working with Gambian security forces to neutralize the situation in the country.
Barrow could not attend the AU summit in Eastern Africa to “take care of some important national issues” as his new administration find ways to return the country to normalcy, pay salaries and jumpstart the economy.
Former President Jammeh is accused of making away with at least US$12 million, leaving the state treasury empty. UN is urging the international community to financially assist the country.
Tambajang will be holding meetings with other African leaders on the side of the summit, giving the Gambia a profound new start in the regional club.