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Gambia's Jammeh flies into exile after leaving power

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 01:25

Gambia's former president Yahya Jammed boards a Guinean plane and leaves Gambia after 22 years in power as part of a deal to cede power for Adama Barrow, who won the presidential election last month. Scarlett Cvitanovich reports.

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Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh arriving at the airport to fly into exile in Equatorial Guinea. Under heavy security, he left the West African country on Saturday (January 21). A seperate plane will carry his family and aides. His exit ending rising tension as thousands of troops from Senegal and Nigeria were poised to swoop on the capital Banjul. Jammeh seized power 22 years ago in a coup and had spoken of his desire to never give up his position. He stepped down under pressure from West African nations to accept he had lost a December election to President Adama Barrow. Barrow was sworn in as leader at the Gambian embassy in Senegal on Thursday (January 19). The intiative to force Jammeh out will likely be viewed as a triumph for African diplomacy. His security forces offering no resistance to soliders from West African bloc ECOWAS. Commission President Marcel de Souza told a press conference everything has gone as they hoped. He says the group has met with President Barrow who wants to return to Gambia as soon as possible, but the capital, and the whole country, must be secured before he can be installed.

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Gambia's Jammeh flies into exile after leaving power

Sunday, January 22, 2017 - 01:25