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>> The presidents of Mauritania and of Guinea are holding last minute talks with Yahya Jammeh in the capital to try and get him to leave power. Talks held with regional negotiators here in this hotel last night brought them to a point where they were very close to a deal.
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But there was still a couple of sticking points. One of them was that Jammeh wanted to stay on his home estate in Gambia, but many diplomats in the region and officials were not comfortable with that idea, saying he must leave the region and find exile elsewhere. The indications so far have been positive, people inside the talks saying that they're drafting something.
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What that is we don't know, but everyone's expecting an exile deal. People have abandoned Jammeh, even his close associates with his army chief saying today that if Senegal and regional troops come into the country to kick out Jammeh, they will welcome them smiling with a cup of tea.
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There's been a big change of mood both here in Dakar and in Banjul. Since President Adama Barrow was sworn in yesterday at the Gambian embassy. There were crowds of hundreds celebrating and cheering. In Banjul, it's been the same thing. Last night, apparently Ousman Badji the Chief of the Defence Staff there was joining the celebrations, laughing and dancing as people in Gambia look forward to a new era with a new president.