Gambia: Newly elected Adama Barrow to take office by end of January

Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow. PHOTO/Marco Longari/AFP

Gambia’s transition period is 60 days

Gambia’s defeated President Yahya Jammeh remains in the country and will hand over power to president-elect Adama Barrow in January following a transition period, the communications minister said on Sunday.

Jammeh, who has governed the West African nation for 22 years, has not been seen in public since he accepted his surprise loss in a December 1 election on Friday last week.

“We are working on the transition now. They (Barrow’s coalition) will come and we will show them the ropes,” Information Minister Sheriff Bojang said in an interview.
“It will be the latter part of January,” Bojang said of the hand-over.

President Jammeh is set to meet with President-elect in the next few days. Gambian law calls for a 60-day transition period.

Source: Reuters