In his words: “Today, I now know who are my best friends, my true friends. As I used to say before how many days he did not sleep (pointing to president Alpha Condé of Guinea). I don’t want to give a number but I want to thank him because from the beginning of this crisis he stood by the truth, not necessarily the Gambians, but he stood by the truth.”
Jammeh stepped down under pressure from West African armies which entered the country this week following his refusal to concede an election defeat to President Adama Barrow.
Jammeh is yet to leave the presidential palace but his announcement on state television overnight appears to signal an end of a political impasse. It also brings to a close his 22-year reign after seizing power in a coup.
In practice, Jammeh had little choice after some 7,000 soldiers from Nigeria and Senegal entered Gambia on Thursday backed by tanks and warplanes.