Abel Escribà-Folch

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Gambia’s defeated president, Yahya Jammeh, left for Equatorial Guinea, where he had been offered refuge, on Jan. 21. (Jerome Delay/AP)

A dramatic scene unfolded in Gambia on Saturday night, Jan. 21. Longtime leader Yahya Jammeh climbed aboard a small plane in the capital city, Banjul, waved a final goodbye to his loyal supporters, and headed into exile in Equatorial Guinea.

Jammeh’s flight resolved the country’s tense showdown: After a surprise electoral loss to Adama Barrow on Dec. 1, Jammeh refused to step down. As pressure mounted on Jammeh to cede power, the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) threatened to send in a military force to oust Jammeh and install Barrow. A last-ditch diplomatic effort, however, averted bloodshed, with officials able to coax Jammeh into an early retirement abroad.…  Seguir leyendo »