The Gambia crisis: Yahya Jammeh says he will step down

Mr Jammeh has called for new elections to be held in GambiaImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionMr Jammeh had said there were irregularities in the presidential election

The Gambia’s long-term leader Yahya Jammeh says he will step down, after refusing to accept defeat in elections.

In an announcement on state TV, he said it was “not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed”.

The statement followed hours of talks between Mr Jammeh and West African mediators. He gave no details of what deal might have been struck.

Mr Jammeh has led the country for 22 years but was defeated in December’s election by Adama Barrow.

Mr Barrow has been in neighbouring Senegal for days and was inaugurated as president in the Gambian embassy there on Thursday.

Troops from several West African nations, including Senegal, have been deployed in The Gambia, threatening to drive Mr Jammeh out of office if he did not agree to go.

Swearing-in ceremony at inauguration of Gambia President Adama Barrow at the Gambian embassy in Dakar, Senegal January 19, 2017Image copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe new president, Adama Barrow, was sworn-in in Senegal on Thursday

Mr Jammeh’s decision to quit came after talks with the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania.

MORE:   http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38702787

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