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Gambia's President-elect declares Jammeh rule 'over'

People have been seen leaving Gambia for neighboring Senegal. Credit: AP

Gambia's President-elect has said "the new era of Gambia is here at last".

In a message posted to Twitter shortly after the midnight deadline passed, Adama Barrow wrote: "My dearest Gambians - the presidency of Yahya Jammeh is officially over.

"The new era of Gambia is here at last", under the hashtag #NewGambia.

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Ghana to deploy troops to Gambia border

Gambia's president has refused to hand over power Credit: ITV News

Ghana is to deploy 205 soldiers to join the West African regional force to ensure the transition of power in The Gambia.

The Nigerian Air Force has already joined Senegalese troops on the border, who have said they are ready to enter the country if no political solution is reached by midnight.

A 90-day state of emergency has been declared in the country after its president of 22 years, Yahya Jammeh, has refused to hand over power after losing an election last year.

"The objective is to create an enabling environment ... [to] facilitate the inauguration of the President-Elect, Adama Barrow, on Thursday, January 19, 2017," Ghana's President Akufo-Addo said, referring to the winner of December's election.

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Hundreds of Britons to arrive back in UK from Gambia

  • Video report by ITV News Africa Correspondent John Ray

Hundreds of Britons are to arrive back in the UK after being evacuated from The Gambia over fears for their safety.

Many more are still queuing in the airport waiting to be evacuated home after signs of growing political unrest.

Around 50-60,000 British tourists visit the West African nation each year.

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