GAMBIANS FLEE AS YAHYA JAMMEH REFUSES TO STEP DOWN
Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has once again predicted that he’ll rule for a billion years, threatening to drag his West African country into a bloody confrontation with its neighbours.
Adama Barrow, who beat him in an election last month, is adamant that he’ll be sworn in as scheduled on Thursday, as Gambia’s new president.
Gambia shudders at the prospect of conflict.
Thousands of sun-seeking European tourists have been evacuated and 26, 000 Gambians have fled over the border into Senegal.
The country’s parliament has voted to extend Jammeh’s mandate for 90 days, so he can engage in a legal battle over the legitimacy of the election he lost.
The African Union has stopped recognising him as president.
His neighbours in the economic community of the West African state say that if necessary, they’ll use force to move Jammeh.
What remains of his army maintains it will defend the country’s sovereignty.