Jammeh writes statement, accepts to leave Gambia

By Daily Trust

The embattled former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has accepted to leave the country, according to source.

Jammeh writes statement, accepts to leave Gambia

He made the commitment during his meeting with the presidents of Liberia and Guinea in a last chance to respect the constitution.

The announcement came hours after military forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) crossed from Senegal into Gambia in an attempt to search for Jammeh.

On Thursday, President Adama Barrow was sworn into office in the Gambian High Commission in Dakar, Senegal. Barrrow fled to Dakar on Saturday for security reasons.

Jammeh lost the December, 2016 Gambia presidential election to Barrow.

He initially accepted defeat and congratulated Barrow but changed his mind and decided to challenge the outcome of the election.

Recall that Gambia’s Chief of Defence, Ousman Badgie, on Friday said there “is not going to be any war or any fighting’’ as talks to convince Yahya Jammeh to cease power continues.

The Gambian Army Chief assured that the West African leaders would continue to make a final attempt to convince Yahya Jammeh to cease power.

“It’s a political misunderstanding; it is going to be solved politically, not militarily.

“Security is guaranteed 100 per cent,’’ the army chief adds, inviting thousands of Gambians who fled their country in fear of violence to return.

“West African troops that crossed from neighbouring Senegal into Gambia to help unseat Jammeh would be welcomed “with a cup of tea,’’ said Badgie.

SOURCE: Daily Trust http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/news/international/jammeh-writes-statement-accepts-to-leave-gambia/181743.html



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