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January 21, 2017 ( Post 1 )

Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh will
now leave Banjul on Saturday with President
Alpha Conde of Guinea, to begin a new life in
exile. This followed Friday’s final peace move by
Conde and Mauritania’s President Mohamed Ould
Abdel Aziz.


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The two West African leaders travelled to Banjul
to persuade the long ruling Jammeh to leave
peacefully before West African forces pounced on
him.

In a statement issued on state TV Friday night,
Jammeh announced that he was stepping down, a
superfluous announcement as he was already no
more the leader, having been denied recognition
by the world. All indications are that Jammeh will
be going into exile in Guinea.

A senior adviser to new President Adama Barrow
said talks to finalise the exile deal were holding up
his exit.

“I can assure you that he has agreed to leave,” Mai
Ahmad Fatty, Barrow’s special advisor, told
Reuters in Senegal’s capital Dakar. He could not
say where Jammeh would go into exile.

President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow had
earlier confirmed Yahya Jammeh’s stepping 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.


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