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Gambia ex-President Yahya Jammeh

By Oladapo Okeowo

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Yahya Jammeh, ex-president of The Gambia, has asked for a deadline extension.

According to government sources, the long-time leader of The Gambia has asked that the deadline be moved from 12 pm to 4 pm.

This comes as Presidents Conde and Aziz of Guinea and Mauritania flew down to have discussions with him and find a solution to the impasse.

The deadline was handed by ECOWAS which has a regional military force defending the mandate of President Adama Barrow waiting to enforce their will. Marcel Alain de Souza, chair of the west African union Ecowas, said troops would force Jammeh out if he refused to leave the country.

Marcel Alain de Souza, president of ECOWAS, said troops would force Jammeh out if he refused to leave the country.

The troops, a coalition of forces from Nigeria, Senegal and other West African states are already with Gambia and were only stopped from beginning hostilities so Jammeh can be given a last chance to leave the country.

Jammeh who tried to extend his tenure by imposing a state of emergency despite losing to Barrow, is reportedly still in State House and is attempting to make a last-minute deal to ease his way out, according to sources close to the government.

It is currently unclear what the Gambian chief of defence staff, Ousman Badjie, would do if the State House is attacked even though videos of him celebrating Barrow’s inauguration have surfaced.