Saturday, 21 January 2017

Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh goes into exile in Equatorial Guinea (photos)

Gambia's former leader Yahya Jammeh has flown into exile in Equatorial Guinea after stepping down under pressure from West African nations to accept that he lost a December election to President Adama Barrow.

It also paves the way for the return home of Mr Barrow, who was sworn in as leader at the Gambian embassy in Senegal on Thursday.His exit ends rising tension, as thousands of troops from Senegal and Nigeria who entered the tiny country on Thursday were poised to swoop on the capital Banjul.

Mr Jammeh took power in a coup in 1994, and his government is accused of torturing and killing perceived opponents.

There were few celebrations in Banjul as news of his departure spread, but some people said they felt relief after years of fear.

1 comment:

  1. Point of correction; Mr Jammeh flew into exile in 'The Republic of Guinea', and not Equatorial Guinea.These are two different sovereign states.