epa000462165 President of the Republic of Gambia Alhaji Dr. Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh passes honor guard after his arrival inside the Malacanang Palace in Manila, Tuesday 21 June 2005. Gambia President assures the Philippines that it will support the country's bid for observer status in the Organization of Islamic Conference when it convenes in Yemen for its regular ministerial meeting next week, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Monday.  EPA/MIKE ALQUINTO


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.

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