Gambia’s President declares state of emergency before relinquishing power

    Gambia’s President declares state of emergency before relinquishing power

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    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh

    Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has declared a state of emergency, just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month.

    Mr Jammeh is refusing to step down despite international pressure and the threat by other West African nations of a military intervention.

    The 90-day state of emergency was announced on state television on Tuesday and will begin immediately.

    Mr Jammeh is blaming what he calls the unprecedented level of foreign involvement in Gambia’s election.

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