IMPACT – HIGH
Security in Gambia remained precarious Thursday, as long-time President Yahya Jammeh refused to leave power. The BBC and other media outlets reported that Senegalese troops had entered the country to seek his ouster. The country’s newly elected president, Adama Barrow, was sworn into office Thursday at the Gambian embassy in Senegal. The instability left tourists scrambling to leave.
Background: Jammeh was defeated in a Dec. 1 election, but has refused to give up power. Wednesday was supposed to be his final day in office, but the parliament granted his request Wednesday to declare a state of emergency and extend his term by 90 days. Tourists were advised to leave the country as the situation grew more precarious. West African countries demanded that Jammeh step down and threatened to remove him by force if necessary. Media reports said that Senegalese troops had entered the country. The BBC reported that the “West African regional bloc Ecowas has now given Yahya Jammeh until noon on Friday to leave office.”
BAL Analysis: The situation in Gambia remained extremely serious Thursday. Companies should account for all employees in the country. Government services, including consular services, are likely to be limited if available at all.
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