From Grace to Disgrace: Deep lessons Yahya Jammeh needs to learn from Laurent Gbagbo

Former president Laurent Gbagbo detained at his personal residence by forces loyal to the elected president, Alassane Ouattara

Before Gambian president Yahya Jammeh tries to harden his heart conceding defeat and handing over power to his opponent Adama Barrow, who won the presidential election, he should consider what happened to the former President of Côte d’Ivoire Laurent Gbabo, who was disgraced and arrested like a common criminal for refusing to step down after he was defeated in an election by his opponent Alassane Ouattara.

Having refused to stand down for four months after losing the presidential election, even as the country descended into civil war, Gbagbo was finally detained at his personal residence by forces loyal to the country’s elected president, Alassane Ouattara. French troops and United Nations peacekeepers, who had earlier struck Gbagbo’s home in the main city, Abidjan, from the air, provided crucial support.

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