Gambia’s President Adama Barrow Saturday warned against electoral violence in the country that nearly slipped into civil war to have him installed as the new leader.
Violence erupted in southern Gambia where there is a strong support for ousted leader, Yahya Jammeh after the UDP, one of the parties supporting Barrow’s unity government won an absolute majority.
A defeated independent candidate in the southwestern city of Brikama has been arrested for assaulting a supporter of his opponent, leaving her seriously injured.
Police have reinforced troops in the Fonis, the region where former President Jammeh is from after several clashes between APRC and UDP supporters were reported.
The mostly soft-spoken Barrow vowed to have those involved in post-electoral violence prosecuted. He called for all Gambians to work towards developing the impoverished nation, which received more than $80 million from the EU to help jumpstart its economy.
Thursday’s parliamentary polls were the first major vote since Jammeh fled to Equatorial Guinea. West African troops were poised to have him flushed out of power after he refused to cede power to Barrow.
The turmoil displaced some 150,000 people and ignited a humanitarian crisis across the northern border with more than 75,000 fleeing to escape a possible battle for power in the island capital, Banjul.