Barrow inauguration to be held in Senegal as Jammeh digs in

The man who was declared winner of The Gambia’s disputed election says he will be sworn in as president at the country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal.

Adama Barrow invited the general public to attend the ceremony via social media.

Frantic efforts by regional leaders to convince Yahya Jammeh to step down as president failed overnight.

He lost elections last month, but wants the results cancelled citing errors in the electoral process.

West African military forces, positioned at the border, are ready to impose a transfer of power in The Gambia, a popular beach destination among European holidaymakers.

Senegal and regional bloc Ecowas are awaiting UN approval before troops are sent in, but some diplomats claim if Mr Barrow requested help after his inauguration such a decision would not be necessary.

It is disconcertingly quiet in The Gambia’s capital. Most streets are empty; shops, petrol stations and banks are all shut. People are mainly staying home unclear about what may transpire as European tourists continue to evacuate their hotels.