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Gambia’s President, Yahya Jammeh’s term in office have been added three more months by the country’s National Assembly, according to news from Al Jazeera.

The President, who has been in power for over 22 years and lost out in the last election, initially acknowledged defeat but receded his acceptance of defeat and decided to stay on power.

President-elect Adama Barrow is due to be inaugurated on Thursday but faces a state of emergency declared by President Jammeh on Tuesday, days to the inauguration.

The latest move announced by the National Assembly will likely to raise tension with leaders of the West African bloc ECOWAS who have threatened sanctions or military force to make Jammeh hand over to Narrow.

Barrow is in Senegal and could, in theory, be sworn in as president at the Gambian embassy in that country, which is technically on Gambian soil.

Jammeh’s decision not to step down has created political turmoil in the country. At least five ministers have resigned from his government, hundreds of people have fled to neighbouring Senegal and others in the country say they fear violence.

British tour operator Thomas Cook started evacuating nearly 1,000 holidaymakers on Wednesday. It said on its website it was laying on extra flights in the next 48 hours to remove 985 package tour customers.

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