Joaquin Guzman

Gambian leader who once said only God could remove him cedes power under military pressure

Gambian leader who once said only God could remove him cedes power under military pressure

Gambia’s long-serving president, who tried to cling to power despite an election loss, agreed to step down after the country’s military declared Friday it was loyal to the new president, Adama Barrow.

After 22 years in power, Yahya Jammeh had come under intense pressure to leave, with Barrow sworn in Thursday with the support of West African leaders and the international community.

Jammeh, a mercurial figure who seized power in a 1994 coup and then was elected to several terms, had boasted he would rule a billion years and said only...

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