“No government in Gambia yet”
Five days after former President, Yahya Jammeh quit power, there is no government in The Gambia.
The Economic Community of West African State (ECOWAS) said on Tuesday the newly inaugurated President Adama Barrow was still in Senegal.
ECOWAS Commission president, Mr Marcel Alain de Souza, said the regional body was doing everything possible to ensure that President Barrow goes back to his country to start work in the shortest period.
De-Souza, who briefed diplomats accredited to the Commission on the current issues in The Gambia said, “there is no government in The Gambia for now. Barrow will go in when he is sure that the country is safe for him.
He also said the regional force will still remain in the country for a while to help the president to settle down.
Explaining what might have caused the delay in President Barrow’s return to his country, de-Souza said there was the need for a proper arrangement for the president safe return to Gambia.
The commission also maintained that military decision to remain in Gambia was at the instance of the new president who was expected to leave the Senegalese capital, Dakar, on Tuesday.
He noted that the ECOWAS force must ensure that there is no stockpiling of arms in Gambia.
Barrow, according to the president of ECOWAS Commission, also requested that sufficient force should be on the ground for the next six months.