What do you do when an elected leader loses an election and still won't leave? That's been the question in the tiny African country of Gambia for the past six weeks. Yahya Jammeh, a former military officer who became president of Gambia in 1994, lost to Adama Barrow in the December 1 election. But then, citing election "irregularities," Jammeh refused to step down. Gambia's neighbors in West Africa took the unprecedented step of deciding to take a stand for democracy. West Africa's economic cooperation body, ECOWAS, oversaw the inauguration of Mr. Barrow, at the Gambian embassy in Senegal, and over the weekend succeeded in brokering the peaceful departure of Mr. Jammeh. (Gambia is the slender country surrounded by Senegal on this map of ECOWAS members: www.capacityplus.org/technical-brief-2/sites/technical-brief-2/files/fig1-tb2-larger.jpg)
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