Gambian Crisis: Jammeh Offered Final Chance For Peaceful Exit

Gambian Crisis: Jammeh Offered Final Chance For Peaceful Exit
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West African leaders gave Gambia’s defeated President Yahya Jammeh, who lost elections last month, a deadline to hand over power and agree to leave The Gambia or face military action carried out by the regional bloc ECOWAS.

Later however, Jammeh requested a four-extension until 4pm local time to cede, government sources said, according to the Reuters news agency. It was not clear what he planned to do, though diplomats said his departure looked increasingly possible.

Mr. Jammeh’s term expired at midnight on Wednesday.  His elected successor, Adama Barrow, was sworn in as president at a ceremony in Senegal on Thursday.

The earlier deadline of noon passed as the Guinean and Mauritanian presidents arrived in Banjul for last-ditch talks.

West African troops entered the country to bolster new President Adama Barrow, but military operations were suspended a few hours later in favour of a final diplomatic push to convince Jammeh, who has stubbornly refused to quit, to exit peacefully.

 

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