>> Gambia's former leader, Yahya Jammeh, arriving at the airport to fly into exile in Equatorial Guinea. Under heavy security, he left the West African country on Saturday. A separate plane will carry his family and aides. His exit ends rising tension as thousands of troops from Senegal and Nigeria were poised to swoop on the capital, Banjul.
Jammeh seized power 22 years ago in a coup, and had spoken of his desire to never give up his position. He stepped down under pressure from West African nations to accept he had lost to December election to President Adama Barrow. Barrow was sworn in as leader at the Gambian Embassy in Senegal on Thursday.
The initiative to force Jammeh out will likely be viewed as a triumph for African diplomacy. His security forces offering no resistance to soldiers from West African bloc ECOWAS. Commission president, Marcel de Souza, told a press conference everything has gone as they hoped.>>
> He says the group has met with President Barrow who wishes to return to Gambia as soon as possible.
That the capital and the whole country must be secured before he can be installed.