Gambia Now Has 2 Men Who Claim to Be President
West African troops have crossed the border with Gambia in an effort to uphold the result of the country’s presidential election by force.
The winner of the Dec. 1 vote, Adama Barrow, was officially sworn in as president at the country’s embassy in neighboring Senegal earlier this afternoon. But Gambia’s longtime leader, Yahya Jammeh, has refused to quit power despite mounting regional and international pressure.
The battle for power between two men who both claim to be president of Gambia has plunged Africa’s smallest country into uncertainty.
“A newly sworn in President Barrow appealed to neighboring countries for help,” NPR’s Eyder Peralta reported. “And now troops from Nigeria, Senegal and other countries have entered Gambia.”