The Gambiaâ€™s longtime leader Yahya Jammeh announced he would step down and go into exile in a televised speech in the early hours of Saturday, January 21.
West African troopsÂ entered The Gambia were prepared to remove Jammeh by force if needed.
Jammehâ€™s announcement came two days after Adama Barrow was sworn in as the Gambiaâ€™s new president in Dakar, Senegal. Jammeh initially rejected the December 1 election results but has agreed to a peaceful transition of power.
West African leaders, including President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritius and Alpha Conde of Guinea, arrived in capital Banjul on Friday to oversee the handover.
â€śI have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians,â€ť Jammeh said.
In theÂ announcement, he said it was â€śnot necessary that a single drop of blood be shedâ€ť.
â€śI promise before Allah and the entire nation that all the issues we currently face will be resolved peacefully,â€ť he added.
Jammeh will now leave Banjul on Saturday with President Alpha Conde of Guinea, to begin a new life in exile.
All indications are that Jammeh will be going into exile in Guinea.
A senior adviser to Barrow said talks to finalise the exile deal were holding up his exit.
â€śI can assure you that he has agreed to leave,â€ť Mai Ahmad Fatty, Barrowâ€™s special advisor, said in Senegalâ€™s capital Dakar. He could not say where Jammeh would go into exile.
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