Gambian President Adama Barrow/Photo: AFP

The Gambia’s President, Adama Barrow, will return to Banjul on Thursday, his spokesperson, Halifa Sallah, has disclosed.

Barrow’s media aide, who made this known on Wednesday via his tweeter handle, said the new Gambian leader is expected in Banjul by 4pm.

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The tweet appears to have settled questions on when the real-estate baron turned politician will assume state functions, after the departure of his predecessor, the long-time ruler, Yahya Jammeh.

Barrow, now in Dakar Senegal was sworn into office on 20 January, at the Gambian embassy, a day after the tenure of Yahya Jammeh expired.

Jammeh left on Sunday in the wake of military threats by a 7000 strong Ecowas force, strung together to ensure that he respected the wishes expressed by Gambians in the 1 December elections.

The West African soldiers have now taken control of the capital and indications are that a large contingent may remain in the country for at least six months, based on Barrow’s own request.