The President of Gambia asked for the Senegalese and Nigerian troops to stay

Adam Barrow

The new President of the Gambia Adam barrow was asked to extend for six months the military operation carried out in the country States of the Economic community of West African countries (ECOWAS). About it reports Reuters, citing a statement by a senior United Nations representative in West Africa Mohammed Ibn Chambas.

On 21 January the former head of state Yahya Jammeh left Gambia and went into exile in Equatorial Guinea. Before that he was under pressure from the international community resigned and handed over power to the winner of the presidential election Adam barrow.

The new leader was scheduled for 19 January, but instead, Jammeh introduced a state of emergency, although previously conceded defeat.

On the same day, the neighboring countries of the Gambia announced the beginning of military operations, which was supported by a resolution of the UN Security Council.

On the night of January 20, Senegal and Nigeria have entered the territory of the Gambia, their military units. “The Nigerian military will deploy their units as a reserve to protect the population of the Gambia and the maintenance of peace and security in the region,” said a statement from the Nigerian military command.

Presidential elections in the Gambia were held on 1 December 2016. Barrow scored 45.5 percent of the vote, Jammeh 36.7 percent.