Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow said former leader Yahya Jammeh has to leave the country for the “sake of peace.”
Jammeh declined numerously offers by Mr. Barrow for him to hand over power peacefully and be treated and respected as a former head of state.
The country’s longtime ruler, who was defeated last month in an election with a shocking outcome, is refusing to step down claiming the polls were rigged, citing abnormalities.
Across the Gambia, it has been very calm and quite. There is no sign of the ECOMIG forces who have crossed into the Gambia to flush Jammeh out of power.
West African leaders are meeting with Jammeh for the last time in a bid for him to cede power and leave the country. President Alpha Conde of Guinea and President Mohammed Ould Abdel Aziz are currently at the State House, the seat of the Gambian presidency in talks with Jammeh.
President Barrow was sworn-in outside in Senegal at the Gambia’s embassy in the capital, Dakar.
More than 45,000 people have fled the country since the political turmoil started. A humanitarian crisis is being addressed at the border with neighboring Senegal and in Guinea-Bissau.