President ADAMA BARROW is planning to return to Gambia on Tuesday, as West African troops have secured the country, Mr. Barrow’s spokesperson said on Monday.
Mr. BARROW will return to the capital, Banjul, from neighbouring Senegal, where he sought refuge for security reasons, spokesperson Halifa Sallah said.
Mr. BARROW also appointed Fatoumata Tambajang as vice president, said Mr. Sallah.
It is Mr. BARROW’s first appointment since he took office on January 19.
Tambajang is a prominent pro-democracy activist who was the driving force behind forming a coalition of opposition parties that rallied behind Barrow during the Dec. 1 presidential election.
Mr. BARROW’S return to Gambia comes after his predecessor, YAHYA JAMMEH, left for Equatorial Guinea on Saturday, after weeks of pressure from West African leaders to step down.
Mr. JAMMEH has not been granted immunity from prosecution in exile, according to Mai Fatty, an executive member of Mr. Barrow’s coalition.
Mr. BARROW rejected a proposal by the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS to protect Mr. JAMMEH from prosecution, Fatty said.