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Gambian Leader Agrees to Step Down, Averting Political Crisis

HeadlineJan 23, 2017

In international news, longtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh agreed to step down Friday, averting a political crisis in the African nation. West African troops and tanks had entered Gambia in the event Jammeh continued to refuse to relinquish power. He’d been the leader of Gambia for 22 years. On Friday, incoming President Adama Barrow said, “The rule of fear has been vanished from the Gambia for good.” Barrow had been inaugurated on Thursday in the Gambian Embassy in neighboring Senegal, as Jammeh clung to power.

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