Inauguration looming, regional troops enter Gambia

Border towns show no resistance to troops, meant to force strongman president to step down peacefully after diplomacy failed

Inauguration looming, regional troops enter Gambia

World Bulletin / News Desk

Troops from West Africa’s ECOWAS bloc have met no resistance so far in starting an incursion of Gambia to enforce the outcome of last month’s election, an official of the body said Thursday.

Gambia fell into crisis last month after longtime President Yahya Jammeh refused to accept his electoral defeat. The nation’s president-elect, real estate developer Adama Barrow, is due to be sworn in this afternoon, reportedly in neighboring Senegal.

An ECOWAS official, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the press, told Anadolu Agency: “We have assurances from the local army that there will be no resistance whatsoever to the regional army. This has proven to be true so far, as land troops have already crossed the Senegalese border to enter Farafenni without any incident.”

Farafenni is a market town on Gambia’s northern border with Senegal, its much-larger neighbor which surrounds it on three sides.

“The local troops stationed in Farafenni simply waved a white flag to allow the ECOWAS troops to enter freely. A similar scenario is playing out elsewhere across the country, and we are happy the local military is cooperating, so far.”

Güncelleme Tarihi: 19 Ocak 2017, 14:34