Gambia on the brink over two presidents

Yahya Jammeh has refused to acknowledge the results of a recent election and stand down as Gamiba’s leader. Picture: AP

A WEST African regional force charged into neighbouring Gambia late on Thursday to support the country’s newly inaugurated president, while longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh showed no sign of stepping down.

The troops moved in shortly after Adama Barrow was inaugurated after a final effort at diplomatic talks with Jammeh failed to secure his departure. His mandate expired at midnight.

Senegalese military spokesman Colonel Abdoul Ndiaye confirmed to The Associated Press that the first regional troops had crossed into Gambia and were on their way to the capital, Banjul. AP journalists saw at least 20 military vehicles gathered at the border town of Karang.

Jarrod Sierocki

Gambia’s long-term leader Yahya Jammeh has refused to step down from his post. Picture: APSource:AP

In his inaugural speech, which took place under heavy security, Barrow called on Jammeh to respect the will of the peop…

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