Adama Barrow May Be The President of Gambia But Jammeh Is Still In Charge – Information Minister


After much power conflict, Adama Barrow was sworn in as the third President of The Gambia on Thursday, January 19.

However, according to Sidie Njie, the information minister of the embattled former president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, Yahya will not leave the office.

Sidie Njie, who is the only minister left on Jammeh’s ‘expired’ cabinet, said his principal stands by his decision to reject the results of the December 1 presidential election.

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The world is obviously against president Yahya Jammeh remaining in office, but the 51-year old, who had been in office for 21-years [Since 1996] alongside minister Sidie Njie, seems to be glued to their presidential duties.

Six of Jammeh’s ministers resigned two days ago following the rising political tension occasioned by Jammeh’s refusal to step down.

In a chat with BBC, Sidie Njie said his boss is still in control of the country despite the swearing-in of Adama Barrow, winner of the December election.

Adama Barrow was sworn in at the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal where he had taken refuge in the heat of the crisis.

He has reportedly returned to Gambia but not clear where he will be leading the country from, considering the fact that Jammeh still occupies the government house.

Technically Gambia has two presidents and one of the presidents has two first ladies!

Adama Barrow

Adama Barrow
Adama Barrow and His Two First Ladies

Barrow, however, has the support of African leaders, and the United Nations security council says he is the authentic leader of the West African country.

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The African forces, which include troops from Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and the United Nations, have reportedly been ordered to temporarily stand down from forcing Jammeh out, as the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, on behalf of ECOWAS, will lead a final round of talks on Friday morning, January 20, to persuade Jammeh to peacefully leave office.