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Gambia’s new President sworn in; former incumbent dictator runs into hiding 

The refusal of the former out going President Yahya Jammeh to step aside gave Adama Barrow a hard time before he was sworn in Thursday as Gambia’s new President at the West African nation’s embassy in neighboring Senegal just before then,Peter Wilson, the UK’s deputy ambassador to the United Nations, noted the move sent a strong message that the outgoing President needs to transfer power peacefully.

Gambia’s former leader Yahya Jammeh on Saturday flew into exile in Equatorial Guinea after stepping down under pressure from West African nations to accept that he lost a December election to President Adama Barrow, mediators said.

His exit ends rising tension as thousands of troops from Senegal and Nigeria who entered the tiny country on Thursday were poised to swoop on the capital Banjul. It also paves the way for the return home of Barrow, who was sworn in as leader at the Gambian embassy in Senegal on Thursday.

Jammeh took power in a coup in 1994, and his government is accused of torturing and killing perceived opponents. There were few celebrations in Banjul as news of his departure spread, but some people said they felt relief after years of fear.

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