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Gambia President-elect, Barrow Alive


The President-elect of Gambia, Adama Barrow, is alive contrary to rumours of his assassination on social media.
The News broke on Wednesday that the President elect has been assassinated by unknown gunmen.
But independent confirmations have shown that Barrow is alive.
Barrow has insisted in remaining in Gambia to ensure he is sworn in as president on January 19 despite threat to his life.
Barrow defeated outgoing leader, Yahya Jammeh, in the December 1 election, which Jammeh initially accepted but later recanted and has since vowed to stay on in office.
President Muhammadu Buhari is currently leading a West African (ECOWAS), mediation asking Jammeh to step down.
There is also possibility of ECOWAS coalition of Soldiers to drive him out power.
The Nigerian government on Wednesday said it still hoped to resolve the Gambian conflict peacefully after Jammeh accused ECOWAS of declaring war on Gambia by insisting that all options including military deployment were on the table to make him leave power.
Gambian Army Chief Ousman Badjie reaffirmed his loyalty to President Yahya Jammeh, despite the threat of a regional military intervention.
Badjie pledged his loyalty on Wednesday.
“May I please seize this opportunity to renew to your Excellency the assurance of the unflinching loyalty and support of the Gambia Armed Forces,” General Badjie wrote in a letter to Jammeh published in a pro-government newspaper.
Many Gambians, who have lived through 22 years of Jammeh’s increasingly authoritarian rule, were stunned when the elections commission declared opposition figure Adama Barrow the winner of last month’s election. Jammeh’s initial acceptance of the result sparked nationwide celebrations.
Baddie had also declared his allegiance to Barrow soon after the poll results were announced, according to a spokesman for the president-elect.
Also on Wednesday, Jammeh’s ruling party, the APRC, filed a second petition at the Supreme Court asking it to nullify the election results because of alleged voting irregularities.
The court, which has not heard cases for years, is scheduled to consider an earlier challenge by Jammeh’s camp on 10 January, nine days before Barrow is due to be inaugurated in a ceremony West African leaders say they will attend.
In another illustration of the growing pressure on Gambian officials as the 19 January deadline looms, Alieu Momarr Njai, the head of the elections commission, fled Gambia on Friday due to fears for his security, family members said.
Last month Gambian security forces seized control of the commission’s headquarters, which holds the original poll records and told staff, including Njai, to leave.
Over the weekend Gambian security agents closed three private radio stations, making it harder for the incoming government to communicate with its supporters.
“It is a sign of weakness for any side of the political spectrum to resort to media closures rather than engagement to put one’s position across,” Barrow’s office said on Wednesday in a statement.


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