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Gambia’s Parliament extends leader’s stay in power 3 months




BANJUL , Gambia — Gambia ’ s Parliament has voted to extend President Yahya Jammeh ’ s term in office for three months , even as his mandate was set to end Thursday , state television said Wednesday . The extension takes effect immediately .

The announcement came a day after Jammeh declared a three - month state of emergency as he seeks to stay in power despite losing elections in December. President - elect Adama Barrow has vowed to be sworn in Thursday , with the backing of the international community .

As the political crisis deepened , special flights were being organized to evacuate British and other tourists from Gambia , where the threat of a regional military intervention loomed to force Jammeh to step down .

Jammeh has challenged the election results , citing voting irregularities , and the West African regional bloc known as ECOWAS has threatened to send in troops to make him leave .
Thousands of people have been fleeing the tiny country , including a number of government ministers .
 Barrow is in neighboring Senegal for his safety .

Travel group Thomas Cook said it planned to bring home nearly 1 , 000 vacationers , and four flights were being added Wednesday . The evacuation was not mandatory , but offered those who want to leave the option.

Many tourists seemed unaware and continued to enjoy lying on the beach . While Jammeh ’ s government has been accused by human rights groups of arbitrary detentions and torture of opponents during his 22 - year rule , the government has promoted Gambia as “the smiling coast of Africa. ”

In the Netherlands , travel company Corendon said it was sending planes to Gambia to bring home tourists. The company said 831 Dutch tourists were on Corendon vacations there .
Another Dutch tour operator , Tui , was sending five aircraft to repatriate Dutch and Belgian tourists . Tui said it had 815 Dutch tourists and 228 Belgians in the country .

Tui spokeswoman Petra Kok said the company was making it clear to tourists that if they decide to stay, it is their own responsibility . The Dutch government has a negative travel advisory in place for tourists wanting to visit the country .

The new state of emergency bans people from “any acts of disobedience ” or violence , and it tells security forces to maintain order .

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