Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow was sworn in as president in a ceremony in Dakar, capital of neighboring Senegal as President Yahya Jammeh refuses to step down after losing the elections. West African leaders have given Jammeh ultimatum to hand over power and agree to step down or face military action from the regional bloc ECOWAS. The inauguration ceremony took place at the Gambian embassy in Dakar amid tight security provided by Senegalese military personnel. The nation’s president-elect, real estate developer Barrow took the oath of office as the third president of Gambia during the ceremony led by the Gambia Bar Association President, Sheriff Marie Tambadou. Surrounded by the security forces, he was greeted triumphantly by Gambian citizens, who came to chant slogans of support whilst others uttered their displeasure against outgoing President Jammeh’s resistance. Host President Macky Sall was not present at the ceremony. But there were other officials including Senegal’s Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne, ECOWAS Commission President Marcel Alain de Souza, as well as the US Ambassadors, France and Great Britain to Senegal, the President of the ECOWAS Parliament, Moustapha Cisse Lo, the representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa Mohamed Ibn Chambas.
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