Gambia’s defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he has made a decision to relinquish power, after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave.
Barrow was also forced to relocate to Senegal due to fears for his safety.Marcel de Souza, head of the ECOWAS commission, said Guinea’s President Alpha Conde would travel to Banjul with the leaders of Mauritania and Liberia to try to convince Jammeh to travel to Guinea before choosing a country of exile. It is the possible location for The Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow to take the oath of office.Under heavy security, Barrow took the presidential oath of office Thursday at Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, with the backing of the worldwide community.On December 13 previous year, Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow (C) was flanked by his supporters upon his arrival at a luxury hotel in Banjul, for a meeting with four African heads of state.Gambia’s army chief General Ousman Badjie, who had been perhaps the last remaining pillar of support for Jammeh, said he would welcome, not fight, the regional force.West African nations had deployed troops to The Gambia, threatening to drive Mr Jammeh out of office by force.
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As tensions rise in The Gambia, Britain and the Netherlands issued travel advisory warnings, with around 1,000 British tourists expected to leave on special flights on Wednesday alone.It is not clear which country he is heading to.”The efforts of the mediation committee which is composed of regional leaders and established upon the initiative of the ECOWAS aiming to ensure transfer of power has set another concrete example for ‘finding African solutions for African problems, ‘” the statement added.Jammeh, who has ruled the smallest country on the African continent since he led a coup 22 years ago, initially accepted the result of the December 1 election.Senegal, which surrounds the much smaller Gambia, has been mandated to use force if necessary by the Ecowas leaders.After initially accepting the result of the election Jammeh launched a challenge in the country’s Supreme Court, claiming irregularities around the election process and alleging some of his supporters were blocked from voting.”What the Senegalese said about the midnight deadline was to put pressure on Jammeh”.