Former Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh is leaving Banjul for Conakry, Guinea’s capital within hours where he owns a home. Jammeh’s wife is Guinean-Moroccan.
The longtime West African ruler has left the seat of the presidency this morning and has been seen off by his close aides at a hotel outside the capital, a senior member of his party said.
A Mauritanian aircraft landed at the country’s only airport in the city of Yundum, 17 miles southwest of Banjul, to airlift Mr. Jammeh and Guinean President Alpha Conde.
Jammeh was forced to step down after ECOMIG forces entered the country to depose him. He said it is “not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed” but Jammeh’s rule of the Gambia has been a bloody one.
Jammeh was defeated in last month’s elections and initially accepted defeat before rejecting the outcome and throwing the country into turmoil.
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is still in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, where he has been held up until there is an all clear for safety. He was sworn-in at the Gambia’s embassy in Senegal.