Gambians return home after Yahya Jammeh exit

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Some of the more than 45,000 Gambians that fled their country in fears of a possible eruption of violence after former President Yahya Jammeh refused to hand over power have begun returning yo the small West African country after Jammeh went into political exile.

Gambians went to the polls on December 1, with opposition leader Adama Barrow emerging as winner.

Jammeh initially accepted the defeat, and even went ahead to make a televised concession phone call to Barrow, in which he wished him well in his reign.

Barely a week later, Jammeh rescinded his decision to accept the defeat, saying the election was marred by irregularities.

Regional bloc ECOWAS intervened in the ensuing stand-off, forcing Jammeh to give up power and go into political exile.

Barrow is still in neighbouring Senegal where, ECOWAS had him sworn-in, but is expected to go back to Gambia soon.

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