(JollofNews) -Gambia’s long-term ruler Yahya Jammeh has finally agreed to relinquish power, President-elect Adama Barrow has announced.
Writing on his on Friday, Mr Barrow said Jammeh would also leave the country. He did not say which country Mr Jammeh will be moving to.
“I would like to inform you that Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down. He is scheduled to depart Gambia today. #NewGambia,” he tweeted.
Mr Jammeh’s decision to quit follows tense talks that lasted for hours with President Alpha Conde of Guinea and President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz of Mauritania.
Troops from regional groups Ecowas are already in the Gambia and have threatened to flush Mr Jammeh out militarily if he refuses to make way for Mr Barrow.
Mr Barrow, 51, was sworn-in on Thursday as the Gambia’s third president at a ceremony held at the Gambian embassy in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, which was attended by western and African dignitaries.