>> Gambia's long-time ruler Yahya Jammeh who refused to accept his election defeat last month has left his post. The controversial president announcing on Saturday that he was stepping down as leader of the tiny west African nation. He seized power 22 years ago in a coup and had spoken of his desire to never give up his position.
The past week has seen him live up to his words saying he had no intention of leaving the presidency. But appearing on state television Jammeh said he wished to avoid dragging the country into a conflict as regional armies amassed force rival Adama Barrow's election win. In the broadcast Jammeh asked his supporters and supporters of the new president Barrow to work together.
Alpha Conde of Guinea and Mauritania's president, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz, traveled to the capital, Banjul, on Friday to allow Jammeh one last chance to cede power peacefully. Adama Barrow, who won the December election by a slim margin, was sworn into office at Gambia's embassy in Dakar on Thursday and immediately called for regional and international support.
It's not yet clear when Barrow will be able to enter Gambia or what the future of the country will be.