Regional bloc ECOWAS says Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia who lost elections last month, has until midday Friday to hand over power and agree to leave the country or face military action.
Shortly after new President Adama Barrow was inaugurated in The Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal on Thursday, West African troops, entered The Gambia on Thursday to force defiant Jammeh out of power but the military operation was suspended a few hours later.
The suspension, it was gathered to give room for a final diplomatic effort to convince Jammeh to exit the country.
“We have suspended operations and given him an ultimatum,” Marcel Alain de Souza, head of the 15-nation Economic Community of West African States said.
“If by midday, he doesn’t agree to leave The Gambia…we really will intervene militarily,” he declared.
According to him, final talks will be led by Guinean president Alpha Conde in the Gambian capital Banjul on Friday morning.
Many Gambians and tourist have fled the country over rising political uncertainty in the tiny west African country.