government says it foiled coup attempt on Tuesday

government says it foiled coup attempt on Tuesday

“The Government of The Gambia announces that, based on intelligence indicating that some Gambian Army soldiers were plotting to overthrow the democratically elected government of President Adama Barrow, the (Gambia Armed Forces) High Command quickly mounted a military operation yesterday and arrested four soldiers linked to this alleged coup attempt”wrote in a statement posted on social media Ebrima G. Sankareh, government spokesperson and presidential adviser.

The four soldiers are being questioned by military police and three accomplices are wanted, he said.

“The government urges citizens, residents and members of the diplomatic and consular corps to go about their business as normal; the situation is completely under control and there is no need to panic”he said.

No confirmation was obtained from any source other than the government statement from President Adama Barrow’s administration.

Rare reports of soldiers moving around the presidential headquarters in the center of the capital Banjul on Tuesday evening, and rumors swirled overnight of an attempted coup in the country’s smallest state continental Africa, having acceded only in 2017 to a fragile democratic regime after more than twenty years of dictatorship under Yahya Jammeh.

An AFP correspondent in Banjul reported a normal situation.

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It would be the last attempted coup in West Africa since 2020, after two successful putschs in Mali and Burkina Faso and another in Guinea, and an attempted fait accompli in Guinea-Bissau.

Adama Barrow’s surprise accession to the presidency in January 2017 ended two decades of autocratic rule in this small, impoverished country of two million people. Mr. Barrow largely won a second term in December 2021 during a presidential election constituting the first open transition since the dictatorship at the head of this former British colony.

The Gambia’s international partners are, however, pushing for major reforms to consolidate democracy.

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Yahya Jammeh, in exile, continues to exert a strong influence in the country.

West African leaders are worried about a contagion effect of the coups in the region.

Meeting at a summit in early December in Abuja, they decided to create a regional force dedicated to intervening not only against jihadism but also in the event of a coup.