Gambia’s longtime leader Yahya Jammeh said on Saturday he would step down from power in a statement made in the face of pressure from West African armies that invaded his country to remove him after he refused to concede an election defeat to President Adama Barrow.

“I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation,” he said on state television, wearing a white robe and looking tired.

Jammeh lost an election to Barrow in December and initially conceded defeat, but changed his mind saying the vote had been unfair.

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