Senegal troops poised at the Gambia border as Jammeh mandate ends
Tens of thousands flee as Ecowas-backed regional force prepares to enter amid failure of last-ditch diplomatic efforts to persuade Jammeh to go
Senegalese troops backed by other African forces are poised to enter #the Gambia on Thursday after last-ditch diplomatic efforts to persuade the long-time president, Yahya Jammeh, to stand down appear to have failed.
Jammeh’s mandate ended at midnight but he has steadfastly refused to leave office after losing elections last month to Adama Barrow, prompting west African states to ramp up pressure on the president. The Gambia has been in a state of political uncertainty since Jammeh refused to cede power, using the courts and parliament to try to extend his 22-year rule.