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Yahya Jammeh left the Gambia

By on January 22, 2017

Gambia’s former President Yahya Jammeh has left the country in the wake of elections that ousted him after 22 years in power.
He boarded a plane to Guinea and from there will travel on to exile in Equatorial Guinea.
Mr Jammeh was defeated in December’s election by Adama Barrow but went on to challenge the results.
Mr Barrow has been in Senegal but says he will return to The Gambia soon.

Marcel de Souza, president of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas), said the military operation that had sent West African troops into The Gambia in support of Mr Barrow, was now ended, although some would remain to ensure security.

Yahya Jammeh arrived at the airport amid a large convoy of vehicles and throngs of cheering supporters.

Soldiers, supporters and dignitaries were emotional as he left – many of them crying.
The details of the arrangements made – or promises offered to persuade Mr Jammeh to give up power peacefully are not yet known, but there was the real threat of military action from regional states.

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