Gambia’s ex-leader made off with millions and luxury cars, says Barrow’s adviser – Telegraph.co.uk

Posted: Monday, January 23, 2017

The president’s official residence, State House, needs to be cleared of any possible hazards before Mr Barrow arrives, Sallah added.

The regional military force that had been poised to force out Mr Jammeh if diplomatic efforts failed rolled into Gambia’s capital, Banjul, on Sunday night to secure it for Barrow’s arrival.

Hundreds greeted the force’s approach to State House, cheering and dancing, while some people grabbed soldiers to take selfies.

The force will remain in the country “until such time the security general situation is comprehensively redressed,” Barrow said in a statement.

Marcel Alain de Souza, chairman of the regional bloc, said part of Gambia’s security forces needed to be “immobilized,” and he confirmed that Mr¬†Jammeh had had mercenaries by his side during the standoff. The former leader also had requested “a sort of amnesty” for him and his entourage and had wanted to remain in his home village, Mr de Souza said.

With Mr Jammeh gone, a country that had waited in silence during the crisis sprang back to life. Shops and restaurants opened, music played and people danced in the streets.

Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, said on Sunday that he has spoke to the new president to “congratulate him.”

“We’re both looking forward to working together to strengthen UK-Gambia ties,” he said on Twitter.

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