Yahya Jammeh leaves Gambia for exile

Yahya Jammeh going into exile in Equatorial Guinea Credit: AP

Yahya Jammeh, former president of Gambia, has left Banjul, the capital, to begin an indefinite term in exile.

He left just after 10.00p.m. for Conakry, along with President Alpha Conde.

To rub his large ego, he was given a full ceremonial honour by the military brass band and a red carpet treatment.

Hordes of journalists and a battery of photographers had camped all day at the Banjul International Airport waiting for his departure, after an agreement was reached Friday night with President Conde of and President Abdul Aziz of Mauritania, for him to vacate power voluntarily.

Signs of Jammeh’s exit came at about 9p.m. Nigerian time, when one of the journalists keeping vigil, tweeted:

“The #Gambia military brass band is here @ the airport. The red carpet has been rolled out. Yahya Jammeh should be on his way.”

The former-soldier-turned-civilian leader held sway in the country for 22 years and had vowed to rule the country for a “billion years” until he was thrashed in the presidential election by a political green horn, Adama Barrow.

It is not clear where Mr. Jammeh will end up eventually. He flew out with President Alpha Conde in an aircraft owned by Mauritania.

After landing in Conakry, Mr. Jammeh may finally be heading to Malabo, capital of Equatorial Guinea, ruled by another African pseudo democrat, Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, who has been in power since 1979.


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  • Angry Niaja

    Good riddance to bad rubbish. Mugabe NEXT

    • Fofona Frey

      @angryniaja:disqus

      But what next for 7,000 Ecowas soldiers at Gambia’s border?

      All Africans owe gratitude to the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Abdel Aziz,
      who single-handedly made this peaceful resolution possible without need for
      any war ship or fighter jet. He is the authentic African hero in future history.
      The next hero is President Conde of Guinea (Conakry) who consumated
      the plan worked out by the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Abdel Aziz.
      The Gambian impasse is now fully and conclusively resolved in 48 hours.
      The duo of President Abdel Aziz and President Conde made it possible.
      Ecowas soldiers at Gambia’s border; 9,000 in all, have nothing to do.
      They may smoke cigarettes or sleep off if they like, who cares now?
      Gambia’s 900-man army never took the 7,000 invaders seriously.

      • ?????????

        THE ISSUE PRESIDENT JAMMEH TOOK BEFORE THE GAMBIA SUPREME COURT IS
        COGENT AND SOLID. THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF GAMBIA had ISSUED AND SIGNED TWO
        CONFLICTING RESULTS. PRESIDENT JAMMEH WANTS A COURT REVIEW and INFER INVALIDITY
        AND ILLEGALITY IN CONSEQUENCE IN EFFECT. What is wrong with what President Jammeh did?

        • Raji Bello

          There is nothing wrong with Jammeh going to court to complain about the results but he should step down and handover to the announced winner while the court determination is made.

    • TTT news centre

      “I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle
      of leadership of this great nation with infinite gratitude to all Gambians.
      My decision today was not dictated by anything else than the supreme
      interest of you the Gambian people and our dear country. At a time
      when we are witnessing trouble and fears in other parts of Africa
      and the world the peace and security of the Gambia is our collective
      heritage which we must jealously guard and defend.”

      ……………….President Yahya Jammeh

      (January 20th, 2017)

      • Kofi A.

        @angryniaja:disqus : History will be kind to President Jammeh for the way he handled himself over the election.
        No person was killed since December 1st, 2016, when the presidential election took place, till now. That is
        remarkable, unlike blood orgies in other African countries. President Jammeh took a more enlightened
        position than all his adversaries put together. President Jammeh filed election petition at the Supreme
        Court without ordering soldiers to fire a single shot. His adversaries want the election dispute solved
        by their own military tanks, war ships and fighter jets. In comparison, President Jammeh will look
        the more democratic president. That comparison will force history to treat Jammeh more kindly.

        • Foreign News Reel

          “Only the supreme court of The Gambia can declare anyone a President. So, I ask anyone
          of us to respect the supreme law of the republic and await the Supreme Court review on the
          election result. Our investigations have revealed an unprecedented foreign interference in
          our elections and internal affairs. And also a sustained smear campaign, propaganda and misinformation. Our Constitution is the supreme law and does not allow any organization
          or law or treaty to supersede it as per section 4 of the Constitution; the supremacy of the Constitution”.

          ……….President Jammeh of The Gambia

          (January 10th, 2017)

        • CeeCee1818

          How about crimes during his reign?

      • Akilo

        “Relinquish” my foot! Was he bigger than the people of Gambia who spoke overwhelmingly in December 2016 through the ballot box — after 22 years of messing around with their intelligence???

    • CeeCee1818

      Amen!

  • Fofona Frey

    @Angry Niaja:disqus

    What next for 7,000 Ecowas soldiers at Gambia’s border?

    All Africans owe gratitude to the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Abdel Aziz,
    who single-handedly made this peaceful resolution possible without need for
    any war ship or fighter jet. He is the authentic African hero in future history.
    The next hero is President Conde of Guinea (Conakry) who consumated
    the plan worked out by the President of Mauritania, Mohamed Abdel Aziz.
    The Gambian impasse is now fully and conclusively resolved in 48 hours.
    The duo of President Abdel Aziz and President Conde made it possible.
    Ecowas soldiers at Gambia’s border; 9,000 in all, have nothing to do.
    They may smoke cigarettes or sleep off if they like, who cares now?
    Gambia’s 900-man army never took the 7,000 invaders seriously.

    • NoSpinEd

      Are you certain that the threat of the use of an overwhelming multi-national military force was not what persuaded the autocrat to step down?

      • Akilo

        Even the most die hard dictator knows danger when he smells it. Ask General Babangida of Nigeria. They know when the game is up and they know how to leave in a haste – never mind any usual tapestries that surround such hasty disappearances. It doesn’t matter what matter he took before the courts in Gambia, 22 years in office had already made him a political illegitimate — what do they call them again? Is it b*st*rds? Good riddance to bad rubbish. My only issue now is that Africa is watching this Barrow of a man, hoping he will not turn out to be one of those b*st*rds after we’ve fought tooth and nail to get him in. Africa!! Phew!!

  • ?????????

    THE ISSUE PRESIDENT JAMMEH TOOK BEFORE THE GAMBIA SUPREME COURT IS
    COGENT AND SOLID. THE ELECTORAL COMMISSION OF GAMBIA had ISSUED AND SIGNED TWO
    CONFLICTING RESULTS. PRESIDENT JAMMEH WANTS A COURT REVIEW to INFER INVALIDITY
    AND ILLEGALITY IN CONSEQUENCE. What was wrong with what President Jammeh did?

  • thusspokez

    Yahya Jammeh leaves Gambia for exile

    Phew! Next phase is for ECOWAS or AU to issue warrant his arrest for crimes against humanity and send him to join former Chadian president Hissene Habre in prison.

    I hope that the likes of dictator-wannabe Buratai is watching, because I can see him being prosecuted for abuse of human rights and ending up in prison — in his old age when he should be rocking in his chair and telling his grand children stories.

  • CeeCee1818

    He didn’t deserve a military send off, they should have pelted him with rotten vegetables instead.

  • Dawood

    Jammeh, the Equatrial Guinea and Mauritanian presidents are probably laughing their asses off as they fly over the Gambia. Keep your wretched country, and we’ll split the loot Jammeh took 22 years compiling. The despot pulled a Jonathan. He knew he was a gonner. Like Jonathan, he needed time to sort out where to stash the loot. Well, the Mauritanian and Equatorial Guinea (another despot) presidents to the rescue! May God heal the Gambia and may God save Africa from bastards like Jammeh.

  • westman

    No he would have remained there for a billion years.
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  • Akilo

    Jammeh should have gone very, very long time ago! History will always call him a dictator; period! Gambia, 2 rulers in 50 years!! Phew!!

  • Odus

    He’s a COWARD!