>> Crisis in Gambia as the deadline for its president, Yahya Jammeh, to step aside, passes Thursday after his election defeat last month. Its neighbors pleading with him to yield. Giving Senegal the green light to mass troops on their border. They say they'll invade and forcibly remove Jammeh if he doesn't yield the challenger Adama Barrow, expected to be sworn in from the safety of an undisclosed location in Senegal.
Gambians and tourists are fleeing the country. The busy streets of its capital, now silent. Mauritania's president flew to Gambia the night before the deadline to speak face to face with the man who once said only God could remove him from office. Jammeh initially accepted defeat, but then changed his mind a week later, challenging the election results as being under the influence of foreign forces and vowing to bring it to a supreme court for which there are no sitting judges.
He's ruled Gambia for over 20 years after taking power in a bloodless coup. But the military appears to be keeping this crisis at arms length. Its chief reportedly saying they won't retaliate if Senegal invades, calling it quote, a stupid fight.