Gambia’s Jammeh Faces New Ultimatum to Step Down – By  Gabriele Steinhauser Updated Jan. 20, 2017 3:57 a.m. ET


Senegalese troops remain in Gambian territory

Gambians celebrated the victory of opposition leader Adama Barrow against longtime President Yahya Jammeh in Serrekunda, Gambia on Dec. 2. Mr. Barrow was sworn in as president in the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal on Thursday as Mr. Jammeh continued to refuse to leave office.

Gambians celebrated the victory of opposition leader Adama Barrow against longtime President Yahya Jammeh in Serrekunda, Gambia on Dec. 2. Mr. Barrow was sworn in as president in the Gambian embassy in neighboring Senegal on Thursday as Mr. Jammeh continued to refuse to leave office. Photo: Jerome Delay/Associated Press

Gambia’s longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh faces a new deadline to relinquish power on Friday or risk being removed by force by troops from the Economic Community of West African Countries who crossed into Gambian territory Thursday evening.

A spokesman for the Senegalese Defense Ministry said Mr. Jammeh had until noon local time—12:00 GMT—to step down.

The presidents of Mauritania, Guinea and Liberia, alongside United Nations representatives, were expected in Banjul early Friday, in a last-ditch effort to talk Mr. Jammeh into peacefully ceding power before the deadline expired.

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