Gambia talks fail as president refuses to step down

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    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh welcomed Nigeria’s leader, Muhammadu Buhari, but talks broke down

    The Gambia’s President-elect, Adama Barrow, has left the country after talks failed to persuade President Yahya Jammeh to step down.

    Nigeria’s president flew to Banjul to try to broker a deal but Mr Jammeh would not relinquish power.

    Mr Barrow is now heading to Mali, where he will meet West African leaders attending a summit there.

    The former estate agent wants to resolve the transitional deadlock so he can be sworn in next week.

    President Jammeh’s term ends on Thursday.

    The African Union has said it will no longer recognise Mr Jammeh’s rule beyond this point.

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    Adama Barrow (left) beat Yahya Jammeh (right) in December’s election

    Nigerian leader Muhammadu Buhari had flown to The Gambia’s capital, Banjul, to try to broker a deal, as the region fears the consequences of a non-peaceful transition.

    Ecowas, a 15-nation bloc of West African states that organised the delegation, has it said it would consider removing Mr Jammeh using military force if he refuses to…



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