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Barrow, who won the December 2016 presidential election, said he believed he would be sworn in Thursday, even as the outgoing Gambian dictator, Jammeh, has closed the country's border with Senegal.

All things being equal, Adama Barrow will be sworn -in as the Gambian President on 19th January, 2017, thereby put to an end the political impasse that may likely put the west African nation into untold crisis.

Yesterday, the country's Supreme Court refused Mr. Jammeh and his party's application to stop the inauguration of Mr. Barrow thereby rendering his stay in office after Wednesday illegal.

As the worldwide community looks for a peaceful way out of the crisis, Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had been authorized to offer Jammeh asylum, if necessary, during Friday's visit.

JAMMEH'S PLOT to usurp democracy should not be rewarded with exile or the fate that followed the likes of former Ugandan President Idi Amin.

High-level diplomacy by west Africa's most prominent presidents has failed to persuade him to cede power: two visits by Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari and Liberia's Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who also chairs the regional body ECOWAS, have made Jammeh no less belligerent.

The head of the electoral commission fled to neighboring Senegal after Jammeh said in his New Year's address the elections chief had falsified results.

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He is expected to remain there at the request of West African leaders until his planned inauguration, Gambia national newspaper said Sunday.

The Gambia relies on foreign judges, notably from Nigeria, to staff its courts due to a lack of its own trained professionals.

He said security forces were instructed to "maintain absolute peace, law and order" and denounced foreign interference in The Gambia's election.

In Rabat, it was reported that Morocco had offered Jammeh asylum for accepting the election defeat and stepping down "in return for a golden retirement", but Banjul sources were reluctant to confirm the offer.

Abayomi Olonisakin, on Saturday hosted colleagues from other West African countries as Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) steps up preparation for a possible military action in the Gambia.

ECOWAS leaders attempting to mediate the political crisis met Mr Jammeh and Mr Barrow in Gambia on Friday, but said no deal was reached.

Gambia's Supreme Court, short of judges, has said it might not be able to consider the challenge until May, and Jammeh says Gambia should await its decision.