Jammeh started negotiations with ECOWAS on Thursday and agreed to step down. He demanded, however, an amnesty for any crimes that he may have committed during his 22 years in power and that he be permitted to stay in The Gambia, at his home village of Kanilai.
Those demands are not acceptable to ECOWAS, said Marcel Alain de Souza, head ECOWAS. Jammeh’s continued presence in Gambia would “create disturbances to public order and terrorist movements”,” he said.
However, Gambia’s new president has said that Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the country for 22 years and refused to step down after losing the recent election, has finally “agreed to leave”.
Writing on Twitter on Friday, Adama Barrow said Jammeh would also leave the country.
“I would like to inform you that Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down. He is scheduled to depart Gambia today. #NewGambia,” he tweeted.