By Concise News Correspondents
Adama Barrow has taken the oath of office as President of The Gambia in a swearing-in ceremony held in the country’s embassy in Senegal on Thursday.
Concise News gathered that immediately Barrow took the oath of office, he called on the security’s forces to “demonstrate their loyalty” in his standoff with defeated leader Yahya Jammeh.
The 51-year-old was sworn in few days after seeking shelter in Dakar as incumbent president Yahya Jammeh maintained he was not stepping down after losing a December election despite international pressure.
“I command the chief of defence staff and officers of high command to demonstrate their loyalty to me as commander-in-chief without any delay,” Barrow said.
“I command all members of the armed forces to remain in their barracks, those found wanting or in possession of firearms without my order will be considered rebels.”
Barrow, an opposition coalition candidate, won the December 1 election in a surprise victory over Jammeh, who had ruled the former British colony with an iron fist for more than two decades.
“This is a day no Gambian will ever forget,” he said.
“This is a victory of the Gambian nation. Our flag will now fly high among those of the most democratic nations of the world.”
The Gambia is the smallest country on the African continent, with a small, narrow enclave of Senegal.
The country has been ruled by Jammeh for 22 years, an era marked by chronic poverty and human-rights abuse.