Gambia's presidential guard personnel leave for training in Mauritania

Banjul, Gambia (PANA) - The first batch of personnel of Gambia's new military group - the presidential guard - leaves the country to begin training in Mauritania, PANA learnt from the  presidency in Banjul on Wednesday.

The presidential guard, set up President Adama Barrow, is made up of members of the police, the army and those who provided him protection during his campaign in 2017.

Members will receive advance training in Mauritania, Senegal, Saudi-Arabia and Turkey, after completing a six-month military training in the country in December.

The personnel will be divided into different groups and are expected to leave the country from Monday to Wednesday, February 5, 6, and 7.

The new presidential guard will mostly provide protection to the president and the government.

PANA report that protection of the Gambian leader is currently in the hands of the regional forces ECOWAS military intervention in the Gambia or the ECOWAS Mission in The Gambia (ECOMIG)

ECOMIG mission in the Gambia was extended for another 12 months until 22 May 2018.

ECOWAS said in a statement in 2017 that the mandate extension was requested by the Gambian president, Barrow, and approved following a heads of state meeting in Liberia on 4 June 2017.

The mandate extension will enable Gambia to proceed with a much needed reform of its military and security apparatus.

President Barrow told regional leaders in 2017 that the Gambian military and police forces are currently unable to perform their duties because they were staffed according to ethnic and political reliability criteria under former president Yahya Jammeh, who was forced out of office by the ECOMIG intervention in January 2017.
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07 Fevereiro 2018 15:08:58

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