President Adama Barrow will return to Banjul on Thursday.
A tweet by Halifa Sallah, his aide, says that the new Gambian President is expected in Banjul by 4pm. The tweet appears to have settled questions on when the real-estate baron turned politician will assume state functions, after the departure of his predecessor, the long-time ruler, Yahya Jammeh.
Barrow, now in Dakar Senegal was sworn into office on 20 January, at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, a day after the tenure of Yahya Jammeh expired.
Barrow himself in a tweet had said he would return home on Tuesday. The tweet has now been deleted, with only the announcement on the appointment of Fatoumata Tambajang retained on the handle which now has 24,000 followers.
Jammeh left on Sunday in the wake of military threats by a 7000 strong ECOWAS force, strung together to ensure that he respected the wishes expressed by Gambians in the 1 December poll.
The West African soldiers have now taken control of the capital and indications are that a large contingent may remain in the country for at least six months, based on Barrow’s own request.