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President Adama Barrow of Gambia being greeted last week by a guard of honor upon his arrival in Banjul, the capital. Mr. Barrow had won Gambia’s presidential election, but the incumbent would not step down. Credit Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

Why Democracy Prevailed in Gambia

DAKAR, Senegal — In the end, democracy prevailed. When Gambia’s president refused to give up power, neighboring countries rallied troops and invaded this month, threatening to oust him by force. The tactic worked, and Yahya Jammeh, the repressive ruler who had lost a presidential election in December, stepped down and […]

Adama Barrow, the newly elected president of Gambia, after being sworn in on Thursday in a ceremony at an embassy in neighboring Senegal. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times
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His Predecessor Gone, Gambia’s New President Finally Comes Home

President Adama Barrow of Gambia arrived in the country on Thursday for the first time since being elected in December. He had fled to Senegal when his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, initially refused to step down. By REUTERS. Photo by Jerome Delay/Associated Press. BANJUL, Gambia — A week after he was inaugurated […]

Gambians on Saturday in Banjul, the capital, hearing about the imminent departure of Yahya Jammeh, who had refused to step down as president after losing an election. Credit Carl De Souza/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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‘This Feels Like Being Born Again:’ Gambians Hope for Change and Long for Home

For the first time since 1994, Gambia has a new leader. Adama Barrow, who set foot inside the country on Thursday for the first time as the country’s president, has taken power after a tumultuous transition in which the former president, Yahya Jammeh, refused to step down. Mr. Jammeh’s oppressive […]

Gambian soldiers guarded the presidential palace in Banjul, the capital, on Monday. Credit Legnan Koula/European Pressphoto Agency
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As Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh Entered Exile, Plane Stuffed With Riches Followed

DAKAR, Senegal — On his last night in the country, Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s former president, rolled toward his flight into exile in his trademark Rolls-Royce. Flanked by a motorcade, the vehicle cruised down the wide streets of Banjul, the capital, as Mr. Jammeh headed to the airport on Saturday after […]

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Ghana to deploy 205 combat troops to force Yahya Jammeh out

Ghana is sending 205 combat troops to Gambia for the regional mission aiming to deploy if President Yahya Jammeh does not step aside when his mandate ends at midnight, President Nana Akufo-Addo said in a statement on Wednesday. “The objective is to create an enabling environment … (to) facilitate the […]

Members of the Ghana Army 2nd Engineer Battalion practice riot control techniques during a nonlethal training demonstration June 26, 2013, in Accra, Ghana, as part of exercise Western Accord 2013. Western Accord is a U.S. Africa Command-sponsored, Marine Forces Africa-led multilateral field exercise and humanitarian mission in Senegal designed to increase interoperability between the United States and several West African partner nations. (DoD photo by Master Sgt. Montigo White, U.S. Army/Released)
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Ghana deploys troops to support ECOWAS mission in The Gambia

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has approved and authorized the deployment of a combat team of 205 troops to The Gambia as part of an ECOWAS mission in the country. A statement signed by the acting Communications Director at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, said the troops have been backed with […]

Mr. Yahya Jammeh has been in power for 22 years
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President’s Term Running Out, Gambia Shudders as He Refuses to Quit

BANJUL, Gambia — President Yahya Jammeh once predicted that his rule could last a billion years. Now, the fate of his nation is hanging on one more anxiety-filled day. After acknowledging defeat in an election last month, Mr. Jammeh abruptly changed his mind, refusing to step aside for the inauguration […]

Adama Barrow, the newly elected president of Gambia, after being sworn in on Thursday in a ceremony at an embassy in neighboring Senegal. Credit Sergey Ponomarev for The New York Times
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Gambia’s New President Is Sworn In as Troops Enter the Country

DAKAR, Senegal — The political standoff in Gambia intensified on Thursday as foreign troops crossed the border with orders to dislodge a repressive leader who has refused to step down after losing a presidential election last month. Gambia’s erratic leader, Yahya Jammeh, seized power in a coup 22 years ago […]

Adama Barrow is sworn in as president of Gambia at the country’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal, in this image taken from T.V. on Jan. 19, 2017. (AP)
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Senegal sends troops into Gambia to force longtime leader to step down

  Tourists and locals alike have started to flee politically unstable Gambia as President Yahya Jammeh refuses to give up his post. (Reuters) NAIROBI — Senegal announced that its troops entered neighboring Gambia on Thursday to force its longtime ruler, Yahya Jammeh, to step down, part of a bold West […]

Women walked past a stall selling cola nuts in Banjul, Gambia. The cost of living has soared in the country, prompting thousands of Gambians to try to reach Europe. Credit Marco Longari/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
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A Soccer Star Caught in Poverty, a Risky Trip, and a Sorrowful End

SEREKUNDA, Gambia — The pregame warm-up for the Red Scorpions, Gambia’s top women’s soccer team, used to begin with joyful singing and dancing. But now the players in their yellow shirts and blue shorts begin every match in a somber prayer circle under the shade of a baobab tree. Three […]