UN Security Council Recognizes Barrow as Gambia’s Legitimate President

Adama Barrow, left, is sworn in as President of Gambia at Gambia's embassy in Dakar Senegal in this image taken from TV Thursday, Jan 19, 2017.
Adama Barrow, left, is sworn in as President of Gambia at Gambia’s embassy in Dakar Senegal in this image taken from TV Thursday, Jan 19, 2017.

UNITED NATIONS — The United Nations Security Council has recognized new Gambian leader Adama Barrow as that country’s legitimate president, despite longtime leader Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to give up power.

At least two international news agencies quoted a Senegalese army spokesman who said troops entered Gambia on Thursday afternoon after Barrow took the oath of office in neighboring Senegal.

The 15-nation Security Council unanimously backed a Senegalese-drafted resolution condemning “in the strongest possible terms” attempts to prevent a peaceful and orderly transfer of power from Jammeh to Barrow, who is the recognized winner of the Dec. 1, 2016, presidential election.

The president of the council, Swedish Ambassador Olof Skoog, said he spoke to Barrow just before the meeting and told him that he has the full support of the Security Council.

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SOURCE: VOA News Online

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