New Gambia president Barrow inaugurated in Senegal

Adama Barrow (File: AFP)
Adama Barrow (File: AFP)

Dakar -  A new Gambian president has been sworn into office in neighboring Senegal, while Gambia's defeated longtime ruler refuses to step down from power, deepening a political crisis in the tiny West African country.

Adama Barrow was inaugurated on Thursday in a hastily arranged ceremony at Gambia's embassy in Senegal.

The small embassy room held about 40 people, including Senegal's prime minister and the head of Gambia's electoral commission.

A jumbo TV screen broadcast the swearing in ceremony to several hundred watching outside the embassy

Also at the event were officials from West Africa's regional bloc, Ecowas, which is threatening to invade Gambia to force outgoing president Yahya Jammeh to step down.

The UN Security Council was set to vote later Thursday on a draft resolution endorsing the West African regional force's efforts to remove Jammeh.

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