Former President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia will be leaving the country today on an exile.
He will peacefully vacate the presidency 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.
Both presidents met with Jammeh persuading him to cede power and leave peacefully before West African forces pounced on him.
In a statement issued on state TV Friday night, the former president announced that he was stepping down.
All indications are that Jammeh will be going into exile in Guinea.
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A senior adviser to new President Adama Barrow said talks to finalize 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.
Recall that President Buhari had promised to offer the former Gambian dictator an asylum if he left peacefully.
President of The Gambia, Adama Barrow had earlier confirmed Yahya Jammeh’s stepping down.
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President Barrow announced through on of his social media handles that “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 5 p.m. Senegalese time at the Gambian High Commission in Dakar, Senegal.
Barrow succeeded the former president, who lost in the Dec. 1 presidential election and refused to vacate office.
Gambia’s Chief of Defense, Ousman Badjie, on Friday pledged loyalty to President Barrow.
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“West African troops that crossed from neighboring Senegal into Gambia to help unseat Jammeh would be welcomed “with a cup of tea,” said Badjie.
ECOWAS armies had halted “Operation Restore Democracy” on Thursday.
The reason was so that regional leaders could make a last appeal to convince Yahya Jammeh to step aside.