Former President Yahya Jammeh has left Gambia for Conakry

Jan 23, 2017, 00:44
Former President Yahya Jammeh has left Gambia for Conakry

A Senegalese general leading a joint force of troops from five African countries said on Sunday that the soldiers entered the Gambia to control the strategic points to ensure the safety of the population and facilitate Barrow's assumption of his role.

Barrow on his twitter handle, @adama_barrow, said "would like to inform you that the 2nd President of the Republic of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh has left Gambia.#Gambia".

One Banjul-based diplomat described the provision for Jammeh to return to The Gambia without hindrance as ill-advised.

The U.S. also commended Jammeh for departing The Gambia peacefully and avoiding the use of violence.

Fatty said officials "regret the situation", have directed that the containers stay at the Guinea airport and would stop any of Jammeh's additional belongings from leaving Gambia.

Marcel Alain de Souza, a top official with the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS), which organised the deployment, said pro-Jammeh elements and mercenaries remained on the ground and had open fired as troops crossed the border.

The joint declaration further noted that the UN, ECOWAS and AU will work to ensure that host countries that offer "African hospitality" to former President Jammeh and his family do not become undue targets of harassment, intimidation and all other pressures and sanctions. "We are talking about getting a truth and reconciliation commission", he said.

"Under global law in fact you can't amnesty certain crimes like torture and massive or systematic political killings", he said in an email. We call for the necessary measures to be taken to prevent intimidation and abuses from members of the former regime and its followers, they said.

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

Meanwhile, Mr Barrow says members of his coalition party will be appropriately represented in his administration once he takes over the reins of government fully. "The deputies had fled", De Souza said. Shops and restaurants opened, music played and people danced in the streets. He flew out of the capital Banjul late on Saturday as a regional military force was poised to remove him.

"We are going to show Barrow we are really armed forces with a difference, I swear to God", Badjie said.

Fearing violence, about 45,000 people have fled Gambia for Senegal, according to the United Nations refugee agency.

Jammeh's return would be in accordance with global human rights law and his rights as a citizen and a former head of state, they stated in a joint declaration in Banjul.

The fears for Barrow's security were because Jammeh has always been accused by human rights groups of heading a government that tortured opponents and silenced dissent.

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