Over 45 thousand people have fled the country because of the standoff which started on December 9.
Gambia’s former president Yahya Jammeh has headed into exile in Equatorial Guinea with a stop in Guinea after he stepped down in the face of pressure from West African states to recognize his election defeat, the regional bloc ECOWAS said on Saturday.
ECOWAS sent 7,000 troops into Gambia on Thursday, but would halt operations while leaving some troops in the country to ensure security, Marcel de Souza, president of the ECOWAS commission, told a news conference in Dakar.
Gambians went to polls on December 1 which was won by an opposition leader Adama Barrow but Jammeh rejected the results a week after accepting it.
He claimed the process was tainted with “unacceptable irregularities”.
The regional leaders who have vowed to uphold the vote by all means necessary have sent a mediation team in the country two times with no success.
The recent deal was brokered by Mauritania’s President Abdul Aziz and Guinea’s Alpha Conde.