Yahya Jammeh Leaves The Gambia After Stepping Down

Yahya Jammeh, accused of serious rights violations, flew out of Banjul late on Saturday night after leading Gambia for 22 years.

The former president left Banjul on Saturday to go into exile after he was pressurised by the ECOWAS to rescind his earlier decision not to accept the outcome of December 1 presidential election, which saw him losing to the opposition candidate, Adama Bbarrow.

No date has been set for the return of Gambian President Adama Barrow, who beat Jammeh in last month's election and who was sworn into office Thursday in neighboring Senegal, where he was for his safety.

Jammeh initially refused to step down.

"As far as we're concerned, it doesn't exist", Fatty said.

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A ferry carrying people who fled Gambia arrives at the port in Banjul, Gambia, on Sunday.

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) deserves praise for standing with the people of Gambia and for democracy.

Jammeh, along with the UN's top representative for West Africa, Muhammad Ibn Chambas, and Guinean President Alpha Conde, left Banjul International Airport for an undisclosed location.

His successor Barrow, who remains in Senegal, has said he will return to The Gambia soon to take charge.

"The CPDS rejects this decision and holds" President Teodoro Obiang Nguema "responsible" for any consequences Jammeh's presence on Equatorial Guinean soil could bring, the opposition said in a statement acquired by AFP.

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Barrow also promised Gambians he was ready to operate a transparent and all-inclusive administration.

Although the declaration was written to provide Jammeh with maximum protection, "it doesn't give him an amnesty, and under global law in fact you can't amnesty certain crimes like torture and massive or systematic political killings", worldwide rights lawyer Reed Brody said in an email.

"Depending where Jammeh ends up, though, the real obstacles to holding him accountable will be political", he wrote in an email.

A joint declaration issued by the United Nations, African Union (AU) and Ecowas shortly after Mr Jammeh left said the bodies would work with Mr Barrow's government to make sure Mr Jammeh, his family and his close associates were not the target of punishment.

"I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation, with infinite gratitude to all Gambians", said the longtime leader on state TV early Saturday morning. Gambians poured across the border into Senegal fearing unrest and violence - including the president-elect, Adama Barrow.

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