Gambia army chief recognizes President Barrow as commander-in-chief

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Posted: Jan 20, 2017 10:54 AM

BANJUL (Reuters) - Gambia's army chief General Ousman Badjie told Reuters on Friday that he recognized new President Adama Barrow as the new commander-and-chief and would not fight a regional force poised to depose Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down.

"We are going to welcome them with flowers and make them a cup of tea," Badjie said. "This is a political problem. It's a misunderstanding. We are not going to fight Nigerian, Togolese or any military that comes."

(Reporting by Tim Cocks; Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Catherine Evans)