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Finally , Yahya Jammeh Agrees To Step Down

Gambia’s incoming President Adama Barrow says outgoing leader of 22 years , Yahya Jahmeh has finally agreed to cede power and will leave the country.
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,” Barrow tweeted.
Barrow was sworn-in at Gambia’s embassy in Dakar in neighbouring Senegal on Thursday.
Red carpets were on Friday reportedly laid out at the airport in Gambia’s capital in what appeared to be preparations for a speech by Jammeh and a departure.
Also on Friday, Gambia’s chief of defence forces Ousmane Badjie pledged his allegiance to the country’s new president, a major shift as mediation continued to persuade defeated Jammeh to cede power.
Jammeh had rejected Barrow’s December 1 election win, despite significant pressure from regional powers and the UN, sparking a major crisis.
Celebrations erupted in Banjul, meanwhile, where tensions have run high over the crisis, especially since the declaration of a state of emergency by Jammeh made on Tuesday.
Barrow, a real-estate agent turned politician, had flown into Senegal on January 15 to seek shelter after weeks of rising tension over Jammeh’s stance.
At least 46,000 people have fled Gambia for Senegal since the start of the crisis fearing unrest, the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR said on Friday, citing Senegalese government figures.
It is unclear if the deal includes amnesty for Jammeh, whose regime has been accused of various human rights abuses.
Source: Al Jazeera

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