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Defeated president agrees to leave The Gambia

The Gambia's defeated president has agreed to step down from office and leave the country after over 12 hours of diplomatic talks. 

The defeated president, Yahya Jammeh, who was in power for 22 years, appeared on state TV after the talks. 

“I believe in the importance of dialogue. I have decided today in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of this great nation,” he said.

“All the issues we currently face can be resolved peacefully. I believe in the capacity of Africans to decide for themselves all the issues on the way to democracy, social and economic development."

Gambia's new president, Adama Barrow, who won last month's election, welcomed the move stating the country's "rule of fear" was now over.