- Title: Gambia's Barrow to take oath in Senegal as regional troops gather
- Date: 19th January 2017
- Summary: DAKAR, SENEGAL (JANUARY 19, 2017) (REUTERS) ENTRANCE TO GAMBIAN EMBASSY SIGN READING (English/French) 'THE GAMBIA EMBASSY / DAKAR - SENEGAL' PEOPLE CHANGING GAMBIAN FLAG ON ROOF OF EMBASSY VARIOUS OF GENDARMERIE SECURITY OUTSIDE EMBASSY GENDARMERIE MOTORBIKE, BLUE LIGHT
- Embargoed: 2nd February 2017 15:13
- Keywords: Gambia Barrow Jammeh Senegal Dakar Banjul
- Location: DAKAR, SENGAL
- City: DAKAR, SENGAL
- Country: Senegal
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0015ZR085J
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow will be sworn in at the Gambian embassy in neighbouring Senegal on Thursday (January 19), officials said, as West African troops prepared to back him in a showdown with a defiant incumbent Yahya Jammeh.
The ceremony could trigger a military push into Gambia by West Africa's ECOWAS bloc, which has said it is ready to remove Jammeh by force if he refuses to yield to Barrow, winner of the presidential election in December.
Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup, initially conceded to Barrow before him then back-tracked, saying the vote was flawed and there had to be a re-run. Overnight talks to convince him to stand down failed.
The ceremony is due to take place in the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal, at 1600 GMT in a tiny room that officials said can only seat about 20 people. Giant screens outside will broadcast the event live.
There was a heavy security presence at the embassy on Thursday afternoon. Embassy staff climbed onto the roof to replace the faded Gambian flag with a new one.
It was not clear how Barrow will travel to Gambia.
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