>> Gambians and tourists beginning flee the country Wednesday, as President Yahya Jammeh clings to power on the eve of his rival Adama Barrow's planned swearing in. Jammeh is refusing to step down, despite condemnation from regional leaders. And even the threat of an imminent invasion by West African troops to enforce his election defeat.
Gambia's National Assembly will allow Jammeh who took power after a 1994 coup to stay in office for three more months. But his allies have deserted in their droves. And many Gambians are not waiting to find out what will happen next, instead crossing the border into Senegal. And it's not just locals who are affected.
British tour operation Thomas Cook said it had made plans to remove 985 package tour customers from the tiny West African nation. And was also trying to contact a further two and a half thousand flight-only tourists to get them out of Gambia on the earliest available flight. Despite the reputation of its leader, Gambia's Atlantic Ocean beaches are popular with European holiday makers.
But now the country's tourism industry lays in tatters.