TO SWEAR IN: Gambian President Adama Barrow

Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow is set to swear in today at the Gambian embassy in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, as last-ditch mediation efforts by regional leaders to convince embattled President Yahya Jammeh to step down ahead of the inauguration failed overnight.

Meanwhile, media sources indicate that after Barrow’s swearing in, ECOWAS troops led by soldiers from Senegal will descend on the tiny West African state and seek to install Barrow who won a December 1 election against President Jammeh.

Jammeh lost elections last month, but wants the results annulled citing errors in the electoral process, and has since filed a case with the Supreme Court.

However, Edward Anthony Gomez, the lawyer who filed the case, has fled Gambia for neighbouring Senegal, and implored Jammeh to relinquish power.