Gambia’s President Says He Will Step Down

Banjul, Gambia’s longtime leader Yahya Jammeh announced Saturday he will step down from power, after refusing to accept defeat in elections.

In an announcement on state TV, he said it was “not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed”.

The statement followed hours of talks between Jammeh and West African mediators.

Jammeh, who ruled the small West African nation for 22 years had refused to step down after losing the December 1 presidential election to Adama Barrow.

Barrow has been in neighboring Senegal for days and was inaugurated as president in the Gambian embassy there on Thursday.

“I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians,” he said.

Source: Qatar News Agency