>> Daytime celebrations in the streets of Gambia turning to uncertainty Thursday, as African troops await further word on whether to advance into the nation's capital. 7,000 troops from primarily West Africa led by Senegal and Nigeria joining forces to ensure the peaceful transfer of power to Gambia's newly elected leader, Adama Barrow who was forced to have his swearing in at his country's embassy in neighboring Senegal.
His predecessor, Yahya Jammeh in power since 1994 has refused to accept election results and he has been given a Friday noon deadline to relinquish power or face the military wrath of his neighbors. Reuters correspondent Emma Farge is watching from Senegal and says, the ex-president is not the only one who will determine how difficult or how bloody this gets.
>> Everything in Gambia will depend on what the army does whether or not Usman Bhai Jan who's the head of the army stays loyal to Jammeh. He's a character who's said different things in the past. We don't quite know which side he's on.>> The African troops preparing to intervene not only have the blessing of the United Nations, but they also have the backing of the United States.
Pressure on the former ruler to avoid a battle is mounting from within his own party and his candidate. His 20 year vice president distancing himself by resigning.