The ex-president of Gambia Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down after many weeks of refusing to acknowledge the election results that presented President Adam Barrow as the winner. In a sensational turn of events, Jammeh made his decision known to the Gambians via a State TV broadcast early Saturday 21st January stating:

“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.

“I promise before Allah and the entire nation that all the issues we currently face will be resolved peacefully.”

Apparently, Jammeh’s decision came after talks with the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania. This is following the ultimatum he was given to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed troops, which expired at 16:00 GMT on Friday.

President Adam Barrow who had to be sworn in the Gambian embassy, Senegal on Thursday, 19th January due to the crisis caused by Jammeh’s refusal to leave office; confirmed that his predecessor has agreed to step down and is scheduled to leave Gambia today

It would be recalled that Yahya Jammeh had earlier conceded defeat on state TV immediately after the December 1 elections and even went ahead to call Adam Barrow to congratulate him; only to rescind that decision days later stating that there were irregularities with the election process