Gambia’s defeated President, Yahya Jammeh, has asked for an extension to the deadline given to him to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed forces. He asked that the deadline be extended until 4 pm on Friday.
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The earlier deadline of noon passed as the Guinean and Mauritanian presidents arrived in Banjul for last-ditch talks.
Mr Jammeh’s elected successor, Adama Barrow, was sworn in as president at a ceremony in Senegal on Thursday.
Troops acting in support of President Barrow have paused their advance,BBC reports…
The forces from the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) regional grouping are backed by the United Nations.