The Plane carrying former Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, has departed Banjul International Airport for the Guinean capital, Conakry.
Jammeh is seen in this photo sad onboard the plane shortly before his departure.
Mr. Jammeh, who had ruled the tiny west African country for more than 22 years was defeated by real estate businessman, Adama Barrow, but he tried to cling to power.
He initially conceded defeat but then backtracked a few days after, saying the results were flawed. He challenged the results in court but suffered several setbacks.
Finally, he declared a 90-day state of emergency and the next day the National Assembly extended his term by three months. But the regional body known as ECOWAS did not buy any of that and Senegalese and Nigerian forces entered the Gambia and were moving fast to capture Jammeh in Banjul.
With his army chief saying he will not fight a “stupid fight”, Jammeh, once so powerful, found himself isolated, especially with the resignation of the Vice President, who had been by his side for two decades.
Finally, Jammeh called for a last minute negotiation with the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania and announced on Saturday morning on state television that he had agreed to go.
He is on his way out and Mr. Barrow would soon be on his way in to begin his term, which started on Thursday 19 January.
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