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Get the latest details as outgoing president Yahya Jammeh has been given a final ultimatum to relinquish power after regional troops entered The Gambia.
Al Jazeera: Gambia's new president has said that Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the country for 22 years and refused to step down after losing the recent election, has finally "agreed to leave".
Writing on Twitter on Friday, Adama Barrow said Jammeh would also leave the country.
"I would like to inform you that Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down. He is scheduled to depart Gambia today. #NewGambia," he tweeted.
I would like to inform you that Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down. He is scheduled to depart Gambia today. #NewGambia— Adama Barrow (@adama_barrow) January 20, 2017
I would like to inform you that Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down. He is scheduled to depart Gambia today. #NewGambia
AP: Gambia's newly inaugurated leader has prayed for peace in the country he has yet to return to.
The Twitter account run by supporters of Adama Barrow posted a photo Friday evening of Barrow praying with Senegal President Macky Sall.
"We prayed for peace in Gambia," the tweet says.Barrow was sworn in Thursday at Gambia's embassy in neighboring Senegal, where he has been for several days amid fears for his safety.
LATEST FROM AP: Red carpets have been laid out at the airport in
Gambia's capital in what appears to be preparations for a speech and a
African leaders have been meeting with defeated leader Yahya Jammeh in an
effort to persuade him to cede power to newly inaugurated leader Adama Barrow.
A regional force is poised to push him out if talks fail.
red carpets are laid out for a wooden podium and for the Mauritanian plane that
brought the leaders to Banjul.
Spare red carpets at Banjul airport in The #Gambia.. in case of extra departing presidents? pic.twitter.com/JF2fLb4AUq— Ruth Maclean (@ruthmaclean) January 20, 2017
Spare red carpets at Banjul airport in The #Gambia.. in case of extra departing presidents? pic.twitter.com/JF2fLb4AUq
BBC reports that Banjul airport is getting ready for departing presidents. It's left to be seen whether Jammeh is with them.
France24 journalist Nicolas Germain has tweeted that Jammeh is currently writing a statement in which he accepts to leave, according to Guinea offcials.
Guinean officials tell @FRANCE24 that Jammeh currently writing statement where he accepts to leave, in the presence of Guinean officials— nicolas germain (@nicolasF24) January 20, 2017
Guinean officials tell @FRANCE24 that Jammeh currently writing statement where he accepts to leave, in the presence of Guinean officials
President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates Adama Barrow on his inauguration"President Adama Barrow" pic.twitter.com/DScPWrSSKU— The Big issue Kenya (@BigIssueKenya) January 20, 2017
President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates Adama Barrow on his inauguration"President Adama Barrow" pic.twitter.com/DScPWrSSKU
Today I, and His Excellency, President Macky Sall performed a prayer. We prayed for peace in Gambia. #Gambia #Senegal pic.twitter.com/WYRDDrz5Pd— Adama Barrow (@adama_barrow) January 20, 2017
Today I, and His Excellency, President Macky Sall performed a prayer. We prayed for peace in Gambia. #Gambia #Senegal pic.twitter.com/WYRDDrz5Pd
Meanwhile, the tiny west African country’s army chief General
Ousman Badjie has told Reuters news agency that he saw internationally
recognised President Adama Barrow as the new commander-and-chief and would not
fight a regional force poised to depose Yahya Jammeh.
are going to welcome them with flowers and make them a cup of tea.
is a political problem. It's a misunderstanding. We are not going to fight
Nigerian, Togolese or any military that comes."
The 16:00 dealine for Jammeh to leave office has passed. It had
initially been put at 12 noon earlier in the day.
The Mauritanian and Guinean presidents are at the state house in
Banjul to try and persuade Jammeh to leave the country with him, BBC says.
See below is a statement issued by the Department of International
Relations And Co-opertaion in which South Africa congratulates President Adama
Barrow following his inauguration on Thursday.
The South African Government has congratulated President
Adama Barrow following his swearing in as the new President of The Gambia, on
19 January 2017 at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal.
In this regard,
South Africa recognises President Adama Barrow as the legitimate President of
The Gambia and looks forward to a close working relationship with him and the
people of The Gambia, to build and strengthen our bilateral relations.
South Africa commends sterling efforts made by the
international community, spearheaded by ECOWAS, the AU and the UNSC in the
quest to finding a lasting and peaceful resolution of the political crisis in
The South African Government calls on and urges former
President Yahya Jammeh to cooperate with ECOWAS, and should step down
In conclusion, the South African Government expressed its
hope that President Adama Barrow returns to his country to assume the role
democratically bestowed on him by the people of The Gambia.
A Dakar bases journalist has just tweeted that he spoke to Adama Barrow who maintain that Jammeh should "just leave".
Barrow had initially indicated that there was no need for Jammeh to go into exile and that he would not be prosecuted.
Just spoke to #gambia prez Barrow says given the circumstances Jammeh needs to leave the country— Nicolas Haque (@nicolashaque) January 20, 2017
Just spoke to #gambia prez Barrow says given the circumstances Jammeh needs to leave the country
AFP reports: Vultures circled the deserted streets of Banjul
on Friday morning, with the usual heavy military presence near absent.
"If they (foreign troops) come we will just
stay in our homes and let them take him. If I had the chance I would apprehend
him myself. He's messed up our lives," one Banjul resident told AFP under
condition of anonymity.
AFP reports: As white flags reportedly flew from
Gambian army posts in the countryside, tectonic shifts were said to be under way
among the military elite, pointing to a gradual acceptance of Barrow, even
among units known for loyalty to Jammeh.
A diplomatic source said a faction had
"switched sides" among the elite Republican Guards who assure
Jammeh's personal protection, following meetings among themselves at their
Bakau barracks close to Banjul.
Gambian army chief Ousman Badjie was seen
celebrating Barrow's inauguration late Thursday and had already declared he
would not order his men to fight for Jammeh.
Soldiers were told by Barrow in his inauguration
speech they would be considered rebel elements if they remained armed on the
streets, and the few that remained on Thursday did not attempt to stop the
spontaneous celebrations that broke out in Barrow's stronghold districts.
AFP reports: Gambia's Yahya Jammeh faced a
"last chance saloon" deadline to step down as troops from five
African nations stood by for action and key regional leaders flew in to make a
Mauritania's Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and
Guinea's Alpha Conde told reporters hope remained for a political resolution to
the country's handover crisis as they left for Banjul from Nouakchott, the
"We still have every chance for a peaceful
solution," Aziz said. "We have every interest in achieving that, we
have enough conflicts in Africa going on without adding another."
Conde said a political solution "must be
found" before boarding their flight.
Streets in Banjul empty as west African presidents try to get Jammeh out peacefully. #Gambia pic.twitter.com/TgnFaggl4s— Ruth Maclean (@ruthmaclean) January 20, 2017
Streets in Banjul empty as west African presidents try to get Jammeh out peacefully. #Gambia pic.twitter.com/TgnFaggl4s
#Gambia We're at the State house. Soldiers are calm. It's Friday prayer. One of them told me he's going to pray for #Jammeh and his family pic.twitter.com/LdwfZB9cVM— Maxime Le Hegarat (@MaxLeHegarat) January 20, 2017
#Gambia We're at the State house. Soldiers are calm. It's Friday prayer. One of them told me he's going to pray for #Jammeh and his family pic.twitter.com/LdwfZB9cVM
Senegalese soldiers are patrolling near a camp of the Red Cross in Karang, Senegal, near the border with The Gambia.
Picture by AFP
Mediators have just arrived. Going through ceremonial niceties before leaving for State House shortly— Saikou Jammeh (@saiks2) January 20, 2017
Mediators have just arrived. Going through ceremonial niceties before leaving for State House shortly
Jammeh didn't meet Mauritanian president Aziz off the plane. UN's Chambas, who so far Jammeh refused to meet, prob here already. #Gambia— Ruth Maclean (@ruthmaclean) January 20, 2017
Jammeh didn't meet Mauritanian president Aziz off the plane. UN's Chambas, who so far Jammeh refused to meet, prob here already. #Gambia
All set at the #Gambia now. As deadline clocks for Jammeh, aircraft just landed with Guinea & Mauritanian presidents. pic.twitter.com/os1PEwju9a— Umaru Fofana (@UmaruFofana) January 20, 2017
All set at the #Gambia now. As deadline clocks for Jammeh, aircraft just landed with Guinea & Mauritanian presidents. pic.twitter.com/os1PEwju9a
The deadline for Jammeh to step down has now passed.
indicate that Ecowas forces will have to extend their noon deadline for Jammeh
to step down, as the Mauritania, Liberia and Guniean Presidents are only said
to be leaving the Mauritania capital now.
Guineans are taking pix next to #Jammeh's #Rolls-Royce. #Mauritania and #Guinea pdts should land around noon at the #Banjul aiport. #Gambia pic.twitter.com/IZTTKWYjDR— Maxime Le Hegarat (@MaxLeHegarat) January 20, 2017
Guineans are taking pix next to #Jammeh's #Rolls-Royce. #Mauritania and #Guinea pdts should land around noon at the #Banjul aiport. #Gambia pic.twitter.com/IZTTKWYjDR
Kairaba Ave usually bustling w/ Bankers, shoppers, street vendors,eerily quiet.#Jammeh is dis how u show #Love 4 #Gambia? #GambiaHasDecided pic.twitter.com/cgfHVBM2sU— GambiaHasDecided (@GambiaDecided) January 20, 2017
Kairaba Ave usually bustling w/ Bankers, shoppers, street vendors,eerily quiet.#Jammeh is dis how u show #Love 4 #Gambia? #GambiaHasDecided pic.twitter.com/cgfHVBM2sU
Reports indicate that
officials in Guinea are currently at the airport in Banjul, where the red
carpet is in place, as they wait for presidents of Guinea and Mauritania to
According to BBC, the city
itself is calm, with shops and businesses still closed.
According to AFP: More than 45 000 people have fled a political crisis in The Gambia this month.
"Around 45,000 people are now reported to have arrived in Senegal from The Gambia," the UN refugee agency said, adding that another "800 people have crossed into Guinea-Bissau."
Overnight Jammeh fired what's left of his cabinet after mass resignations, and declared he would oversee all ministries himself. #Gambia— Ruth Maclean (@ruthmaclean) January 20, 2017
Overnight Jammeh fired what's left of his cabinet after mass resignations, and declared he would oversee all ministries himself. #Gambia
Meanwhile, BBC reports that Jammeh has defied west African
leaders because he believes his army will fight for him, according to former
Gambian foreign minister Sidath Diop.
Diop, however, maintained that Jammeh "commands little
loyalty in the armed forces".
Jammeh believes he "owns The Gambia" Diop was quoted as
saying, adding that the outgoing president did not know how to respond to the
looming end of his reign.
Footage Jammeh’s army chief Ousman Badjie dancing on the
streets with Gambian citizens following the inauguration of Barrow has emerged
on social media.
Badjie is the same man who pledged loyalty to Jammeh after he
contested the election result.
@mansamusa94 :In case you're wondering where the CDS Ousman Badjie is, here's your answer.Cc: @Ayourb @Gidi_Traffic pic.twitter.com/Xvw9dcFedy— Olawoyin Edris,anipr (@Olawoyin4u) January 19, 2017
@mansamusa94 :In case you're wondering where the CDS Ousman Badjie is, here's your answer.Cc: @Ayourb @Gidi_Traffic pic.twitter.com/Xvw9dcFedy
News24: Questions have been raised concerning the legality of the swearing-in of Barrow as president. Would you perhaps want to elucidate on that?
Wormington: Obviously Barrow has advisers who would advise him correctly. But otherwise from an academic perspective, Barrow is indeed Gambia's legitimate president.
News24: So now The Gambia is an awkward situation where it has "two presidents". Just how feasible is it going to be for Barrow to execute his duties for now?
Wormington: It's not really a case of two presidents. Jammeh is no longer a president. What we have now is just conflict. It's now just a long and protracted crisis, which is going to make it difficult for barrow to exercise his command.
But we will see after the talks today what decision Ecowas is going to take.
Wormington said it was "remarkable" from a logistical perspective that Jammeh still "hasn't stepped down yet" despite efforts by Ecowas to try and persuade him to realise that it's time for him to go.
"We are really at the 'injur time' and he (Jammeh) must realise that Ecowas is a credible force"
Human Rights Watch's West Africa researcher, Jim Wormington, who is currently in Senegal has told News24's Africa editor Betha Madhomu during an interview that the crisis in Gambia has "come to a head", particularly after the inauguration of Barrow on Thursday.
"The crisis has actually come to a head, with the inauguration of Adama Barrow yesterday and Yahya Jammeh still refusing to step down. We hope that the talks today, that include Guinea's Alpha Conde, in trying to convince him (Jammeh) to step down will reach a positive conclusion," Wormington said.
Nigeria's Daily Post reports that Barrow has returned to The Gambia after his inauguration in Dakar, Senegal.
He had been in Dakar for several days at the request of west African leaders.
on Friday said that the whereabouts of Jammeh remained unknown, as military
forces of Ecowas crossed from Senegal into Gambia.
convoys of military vehicles with armed soldiers entered the troubled nation
through the border town of Karang, a resident was quoted as saying.
#ECOWAS troops at Yundum Barracks #Gambia pic.twitter.com/K6n7jko756— Op SAVE Gambia (@Fight4Gambia) January 20, 2017
#ECOWAS troops at Yundum Barracks #Gambia pic.twitter.com/K6n7jko756
United States earlier said that it backs a West African intervention in The
Gambia to restore elected rule, but that it had not been asked to provide
from Senegal, Ghana and Nigeria have mobilised in support of the Ecowas
regional bloc's demand that The Gambia's long-time leader Jammeh step down.
do support it, and we're in touch with officials in Senegal," State
Department spokesperson John Kirby said, adding that the US support is
understand that the purpose is to help stabilize a tense situation and to try
to observe the will of the people in the Gambia," he added.
noted that the US Embassy in Banjul is closed except for emergency services and
that any American citizens who have not been able to leave should stay indoors.
urge them to carefully evaluate the security situation before attempting to
resolve any normal activities," he said.
Cape Town - Regional bloc Ecowas has given Yahya Jammeh a
final chance to step down after regional troops entered The Gambia on Thursday
to bolster the west African country’s new president, Adama Barrow.
West African leaders said Jammeh,
who lost elections last month, had until midday Friday to hand over power and
agree to leave the country or face military action.
Troops have been told to
halt their advance until the deadline passes.
have suspended operations and given him an ultimatum," said Marcel Alain
de Souza, head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States.
by midday, he doesn't agree to leave The Gambia...we really will intervene militarily,"
talks will be led by Guinean president Alpha Conde in the Gambian capital
Banjul on Friday morning, according to de Souza.
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