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Gambia: Jammeh finally steps down

Gambia's President Yahya JammehPresident of The Gambia, Adama Barrow has confirmed that defeated President Yayah Jammeh has stepped down. Barrow, on his twitter handle on Friday, @adama_barrow said: “I would like to inform you that Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down. “He is scheduled to depart Gambia today. #NewGambia.” Barrow on Thursday took the oath of office as Gambia’s new president. He was sworn-in about 5p.m. Senegalese time at the Gambian High Commission in Dakar, Senegal. Barrow succeeded Yahya Jammeh, who lost in the Dec. 1 presidential election and refused to vacate office when his term expired midnight on Thursday. Gambia’s army chief General Ousman Badjie had earlier recognised Barrow as the new commander-and-chief and the military under his command would not fight a regional force poised to depose Yahya Jammeh, who has refused to step down. Badjie had initially pledged loyalty to Barrow after the stunning announcement of his victory in the 1 December election. He made a volte face again after Jammeh challenged Barrow’s election. The army chief was seen yesterday in the streets of Banjul jubilating with the people after the swearing-in of Barrow in Dakar Senegal. His pledge of loyalty to Barrow came following Jammeh’s decision to leave the country, although he missed the 4 p.m. deadline given by ECOWAS. Some reports said he was writing a last note before he departs to Guinea Conakry on exile.

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