Senegal troops move to Gambia border as Jammeh faces ultimatum

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38669347

Senegal has moved troops towards the Gambian border in an effort to force President Yahya Jammeh to accept electoral defeat and step down.

Senegal is leading the operation, which is supported by Nigeria and other states in the region.

Mr Jammeh has been told to leave office by the end of Wednesday and hand over to last month’s election winner, Adama Barrow, who is currently in Senegal.

Mr Jammeh has ruled The Gambia since taking power in a coup in 1994.

Wednesday was meant to be his last day in office but parliament granted him three more months in the post.

Garba Shehu, official spokesman for Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, said Mr Barrow was preparing to be sworn in as president “on Gambian soil” on Thursday.

At least 26,000 Gambians, fearful that violence could erupt, sought refuge in Senegal this week.

Meanwhile, thousands of UK and Dutch tourists are being evacuated from the tiny West African state, which is popular with European holidaymakers because of its beaches.

Ecowas, the Economic Community of West African States, mandated Senegal because it almost surrounds The Gambia.

Col Abdou Ndiaye, a spokesman for the Senegalese military, said Ecowas had decided on the deadline to try to achieve a diplomatic solution.

“Things are getting into place and Ecowas forces are ready to intervene if needed after midnight if we can’t find a diplomatic solution to the Gambian crisis,” he said.

The Ecowas force is seeking UN Security Council endorsement to use “all necessary measures” to help remove Mr Jammeh.

The Gambia’s entire armed forces are made up of only about 2,500 troops, making it difficult to see how they can defeat a regional force if it moves in, says BBC Africa Monitoring security correspondent Tomi Oladipo.

Nigeria says it sent fighters and other aircraft, along with 200 personnel, to Senegal on Wednesday morning.

Nigerian navy vessels are also on standby and a warship that sailed from Lagos on Tuesday will have the task of evacuating Nigerian citizens while putting on a show of force.

Ground troops are also being provided by Ghana.

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its about to get really nasty in gambia..surrounding countries have been seconded to enter the country and remove the alleged loser..

“The Ecowas force is seeking UN Security Council endorsement to use “all necessary measures” to help remove Mr Jammeh.”

im sure the UN will be accommodating..another chance to flex their muscle..err..peace corps..

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2 Responses to “Senegal troops move to Gambia border as Jammeh faces ultimatum”

  1. Gambia crisis: Senegal sends in troops to back elected leader

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38682184

    Senegalese troops have entered The Gambia in support of Adama Barrow, who was sworn in as president on Thursday after winning last month’s election.
    Mr Barrow took the oath of office at the Gambian embassy in Senegal’s capital, Dakar, and his legitimacy has been recognised internationally.
    But the strongman he defeated, Yahya Jammeh, is refusing to quit and is supported by Gambia’s parliament.
    West African leaders have threatened to remove him by force if necessary.
    The 15-member UN Security Council has given them its backing, while stressing that a political solution should be attempted first.

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