>> Empty streets and closed down shops, in Gambia's largest urban center Friday. The usually bustling city of Serrekunda largely deserted, as the country waits for leader Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to newly elected Adama Barrow. Barrow was sworn in at a ceremony in Senegal Thursday, after winning an election in December.
Jammeh had conceded defeat before backtracking and saying the vote was flawed. UN backed forces imposed a mid day deadline for him to leave office, before their armies continued their advance towards the capital. Jammeh's now asked to have that deadline extended. A Senegalese presidential source said, the forces would wait for the end of talks before taking further action.
Though Jammeh vows to rule Gambia for 1 billion years, diplomats say his departure looks increasingly possible.