The United Nations has authorised ECOWAS to apply force, where necessary to remove the Gambia President Yahya Jammeh from office.
This is coming shortly after the president-elect, Adama Barrow took oath of office at the Gambian Embassy in Senegal.
The president new president commended Gambians for their support as he acknowledged the power of the electorate.
West african leaders have given Yahya Jammeh a final opportunity to relinquish power after Senegalese troops entered the Gambia.
Mr Jammeh has been given until noon today to leave office or be forced out by un-backed regional forces.
Troops have been told to halt their advance until the deadline passes.
Last-ditch mediation talks, led by Guinea's President Alpha Conde, are due on Friday morning.
Chairman of the ECOWAS commission, Marcel Alain De Souza, said that if the meeting with Mr. Conde proved unsuccessful, militarily action would follow.