War looms in Gambia

Gambia faces the prospect of military intervention by regional forces after a last-ditch attempt to convince Yahya Jammeh to step down as president failed.

Jammeh, who lost a December 1 presidential vote to Adama Barrow, has refused to leave office despite international pressure and a threat by leaders of ECOWAS to enforce his election defeat.

A deadline of Wednesday midnight for Jammeh to resign passed without the president of 22 years indicating that he would leave office.

Troops from Senegal, Ghana, Nigeria, Mali and Togo are at the borders of Senegal, waiting for a green light to intervene and unseat Yahya Jammeh, who according to the constitution is no longer the country’s legitimate ruler.

Thousands of people are fleeing the country already, Aljazeera reports.

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