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>> Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow is due to be sworn in today at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal. Yet outgoing president Yahya Jammeh still refuses to step down. I'm Emma Farge reporting for Reuters from Dakar. It's still not clear that Jammeh will leave power today and that's despite mounting pressure upon him to do so.
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Many people from within his own party and within his own cabinet have abandoned him, including his own vice president who stood by him for the past 20 years. At the same time there are troops mounting up on the border with Senegal. Senegalese troops say that they're ready to move in whenever they get the green light.
00:00:42
Diplomats explaining, though, that it's better not to do that until Adama Barros is actually sworn in and becomes the legitimate President of the country. Then there's nothing to stop them from going in militarily to remove Jemmeh by force if need be. The forces in place that would remove him include, a group of West African countries called Equus, and that includes Senegal and Nigeria who seem to be leading.
00:01:07
At the same time, Nigeria has sent air support to Senegal, which will go into Gambia as soon as they get the green light from their commanders. It seems definite that Adama Barrow will be sworn in today. Some people say maybe it's not technically legal because is this considered Gambian soil?
00:01:25
But the consensus is, among the western partners supporting Barrow, that it counts, and he is the legitimate President of the country from four o'clock today when he's sworn in.