>> Gambia's Yahya Jammeh has agreed to step down today, ending his 22 year rule. I'm Emma Farge reporting for Reuters from neighboring Senegal. Jammeh really had little choice but to make this decision to step down, and that's because several armies have gone into his country in the last few days, ready to march on the capital if he did not leave power.
It's coercion diplomacy, but it seems to have worked. While a deal seems to have been agreed for Jammeh to leave, and he's expected to depart later today, the details of that are still very unclear. We don't know where Jammeh is gonna go next. We know that negotiators say that he cannot stay in the country.
Although President Aziz of Mauritania, who was involved in the talks, has said that he can come and go from Gambia as he pleases afterwards. The other question outstanding is, will he be prosecuted for what opponents say were crimes, human rights abuses that were committed under his regime?>> I live for the-
>> Because of the situation in Gambia where Yahya Jammeh had not agreed to step aside until today, the incoming president, Adama Barrow, who won the election in December, had to be inaugurated here in neighboring Dakar. He's staying just down the road from me now and is supposed to go back into the country.
His officials said that the plan originally was to go back into Gambia overnight, but that has passed. It seems that he's waiting for Jammeh to physically leave on a plane before he comes back in to rule the country. Gambia is a tiny country of just 1.8 million people and of little strategic significance today with few resources.
Yet, Western and African countries have really stood by Adama Barrow, the new president, and have made sure that he could get inaugurated here, and that he will rule the country. The fact that they've stood by him and upheld his election victory is a symbol of hope for many other countries in Africa that have autocratic rulers, who often try and stay in power beyond their mandates by cheating and by repression.
It could be a moment of hope for those other countries.