British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson attends a joint news conference with Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (not seen) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 11, 2016. REUTERS/Faisal Al Nasser

Britain warns citizens against Gambia travel, urges them to leave

British citizens have been warned of underlying threats of terrorism and against all but essential travel to the peanut exporting nation of The Gambia due to ongoing political uncertainty and potential military intervention following the presidential elections.

The country’s President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to cede power to his rival, Adama Barrow, who worked as a security guard at an Argos Department store in North London while going to college.

The regional bloc ECOWAS is now threatening to use military force to enforce the outcome of the polls and Jammeh has declared a state of emergency.

“The potential for military intervention and civil disturbance is high and could result in Banjul International Airport being closed at short notice,” the British government said.

The Gambia is known for its golden beaches and cheap holiday packages. There are more than 1,000 British nationals on vacation there. British authorities urge them to leave by commercial means if you have no essential need to remain.

Foreign officials usually find it difficult to contact their citizens detained by Gambian authorities.

The Gambia’s embattled President Jammeh’s regime has been taking restrive measures to regain control, including the shutting down of radios, detaining military officers and arresting dozens of pro-democracy campaigners.

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