AS IT HAPPENED: Jammeh refuses to step down as Barrow is sworn-in

2017-01-19 21:00

Get the latest details as a military intervention is looming in Gambia following President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to step down after he was defeated in the December 1 elections.

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19 Jan 20:59
We leave it here for today. Thanks for joining us. 

19 Jan 20:46

19 Jan 20:45
There are report of "mild"" celebrations in Gambia following #Barrow's swearing in Dakar.

19 Jan 20:44
Watch as Adama Barrow delivers his inaugural speech. 

19 Jan 20:41

19 Jan 20:30
Barrow's tweet following his inauguration: 

19 Jan 20:24
The UN has approves resolution backing Gambia's new president Adama Barrow and urges ex-leader Yahya Jammeh to leave peacefully.

19 Jan 20:09

19 Jan 20:04
The Chairperson of the African Union Commission has congratulated the new Gambian president Barrow, in a tweet. 

19 Jan 19:38
BBC reports that Jammeh's information chief has said his boss - reportedly entrenched in Gambia's State House - is not leaving office.

19 Jan 19:25

Meanwhile AP is quoting an official as saying that the Nigerian air force is flying over The Gambia, as African troops prepare to force incumbent Jammeh to quit.

"I confirm that the armed reconnaissance air force are over Gambia," Nigerian Air Force spokesperson Ayodele Famuyiwa told AFP. "They have the capacity to strike."


19 Jan 19:18

19 Jan 19:17

So The Gambia now has two men claiming to be presidents after Barrow took the oath of office at the Gambian embassy in Dakar.

Its parliament voted earlier this week to extend Yahya Jammeh's rule by 90 days while he challenges his election defeat at the hands of Mr Barrow, a former estate agent, in the courts.

The next few days will determine the future of the country, as regional forces have threatened to enter the tiny west African country to force Jammeh out of office. 


19 Jan 19:13

Barrow has officially asked Ecowas, AU and the UN to back the will of the Gambian people.



19 Jan 19:10
All arms personnel should return to the barracks, Barrow says 

19 Jan 19:09
Barrow calls on all security forces to remain loyal to the country's constitution 

19 Jan 19:07
The new president promises constitutional and legal reforms in Gambia

19 Jan 19:07
Barrow urges national unity,... says there were "no losers" in the elections.

19 Jan 19:06
Barrow urges all Gambians to accept him as their new president 

19 Jan 19:02
Barrow delivers his inaugural speech as Gambian president 

19 Jan 19:00
Barrow just sworn in as the new president of the Gambia

19 Jan 19:00

19 Jan 18:53
Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has sent out this tweet - shortly before he was due to take the oath of office at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal. 

19 Jan 18:48

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19 Jan 18:43

19 Jan 18:41
Adama Barrow has just arrive, reports say

19 Jan 18:35
All UN Security Council states are represented  at the inauguration of Barrow, BBC says. 

19 Jan 18:33

BBC reports that Rwanda's ambassador to Senegal has joined other diplomats and officials at the swearing in ceremony of Barrow at the Gambian embassy in Dakar.

Outside, hundreds of Gambian expatriates have also gathered.


19 Jan 18:32

19 Jan 18:30
Adama Barrow inauguration running a bit late. 

19 Jan 18:26

19 Jan 18:23
Barrow is set to "arrive shortly" for inauguration.

19 Jan 18:06

19 Jan 17:58
Jammeh’s wife of 17 years,  Zeinab Suma Jammeh, and his children are reported to have fled The Gambia as regional forces threaten to forcefully evict the 51-year-old from office.

19 Jan 17:54

Reports say there is a heavy security presence at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, ahead of Barrow's inauguration.

Journalist are said to have been taken to a room to watch from there. - BBC


19 Jan 17:36

19 Jan 17:35

Preparations are currently under way at the Gambia embassy in Dakar, Senegal for the official inauguration of Adama Barrow as President of Gambia, a 233 livenews reports.

A first floor of the Gambian Embassy building in Senegal is being prepared for the inauguration.

The stage has been set with microphones and the flag of Gambia displayed ahead of the official ceremony which will be held at 16:00GMT.


19 Jan 17:30

19 Jan 17:25
The US has urged its staff to stay away from the Gambia border. It has also advised them to avoid military bases and troop transports. 

19 Jan 17:16

19 Jan 17:08

Here is a statement from Amnesty International

As Adama Barrow is scheduled to be inaugurated in Senegal this afternoon, Sabrina Mahtani Amnesty International’s West Africa Anglophone Researcher said:

"Today's inauguration ceremony of Adama Barrow is a moment to remember the risks currently faced by Gambians, and also gives an opportunity to reflect on hopes for the future.

"We must not forget the big promises Adama Barrow has made to free political prisoners, remove repressive laws, and bring Gambia back to the International Criminal Court. 

"As Gambians await a solution to the current crisis, the country's security forces must know that the world is watching and refrain from cracking down on those who wish to exercise peaceful dissent during this transition period."


19 Jan 16:58

19 Jan 16:53

Nigeria’s Daily Post reports that the whereabouts of Jammeh remained unknown on Thursday.

The report says he may have gone into hiding in a bid to escape being further persuaded into conceding defeat after he earlier devised a means of extending his stay by declaring a 90-day State of Emergency. 


19 Jan 16:29

A spokesperson for Adama Barrow has reportedly said that The Gambia will be in a “state of war” id Jammeh refuses to step down.

Halifa Sallah urged Mr Jammeh to leave office, saying he will not be prosecuted for alleged crimes committed since he took power in a bloodless coup in 1994. - BBC


19 Jan 16:26

19 Jan 16:24
A foreign journalist just had his phone seized bu security officials for taking pictures at embassy ahead of Barrow's inauguration in Senegal - reports 

19 Jan 16:20
Reports on Social media say police and the army are outside the Gambian embassy where Barrow is expected to be inaugurated.

19 Jan 15:00
The UN Security Council is set to vote on a draft resolution endorsing the West African bloc Ecowas in its efforts to ensure a transfer of power in The Gambia, diplomats say. 

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