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Embattled out-gone President Yahya Jammeh
of The Gambia has asked a shift in deadline of
midday to 4pm to vacate office as ECOWAS
soldiers close on him.
Government sources said the request was
made when the leaders of Guinea and
Mauritania arrived in the capital, Banjul, in a
last-ditch diplomatic effort to get him to cede
A regional military force that crossed the
border in support of his democratically elected
successor, Adama Barrow, was awaiting orders
on Friday.
Marcel Alain de Souza, chair of the west
African union Ecowas, said troops would force
Jammeh out if he refused to leave the country.
The West African troops entered the Gambia on
Thursday night, hours after Barrow was forced
to hold his inauguration as president in Dakar,
the capital of Senegal.
De Souza said the west African force, which
includes tanks, has so far met no resistance
Banjul, the capital, was deserted on Friday.
Dozens of vultures spread their wings on the
large ground outside State House, and a lone
cyclist, perhaps one of the few remaining
tourists in the country, made the most of the
empty roads.
The country’s chief of defence staff, Ousman
Badjie, was seen speeding in the direction of
Banjul. He has switched allegiance several
times over the past month, and was celebrating
with Barrow supporters in the streets last night.
It is unclear what side he and the military
would take in the event of an Ecowas attack on
State House, though most sources believed he
was no longer with Jammeh.
The twitter handle of Charles Onyango-Obbot
@cobbo3 said “ Jammeh asks for deadline
extension – from midday (local time) to 4pm!
He’s not done packing #Gambia

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