Yahya Jammeh finally steps down as president

The Herald reports that Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh has accepted to step down as President of The Gambia.

This is following his defeat in a December 9, 2016, general election.

Jammeh had initially insisted that he will not leave the position of presidency in spite of the fact that he lost the presidential election to Adama Barrow.

Military troops from ECOWAS had stationed in Senegal awaiting the order to storm Gambia and force Jammeh out of office.

Reports indicate he has decided to leave today, Friday, January 20 and is already preparing a statement in the presence of Guinean officials.

According to Guinean officials, Jammeh is expected to move to Conakry after leaving Gambia.

Mr Jammeh’s elected successor, Adama Barrow, was sworn in as president at a ceremony in Senegal on Thursday.

Troops acting in support of President Barrow have paused their advance.

The forces from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) regional grouping are backed by the United Nations.

They crossed into The Gambia from Senegal on Thursday but have been told not to advance further until the talks have finished.

Two deadlines, at 12:00 and 16:00 GMT, set by Ecowas for Mr. Jammeh to leave, have now passed.

Mr. Barrow’s legitimacy as president has been recognized internationally after he won last month’s elections.