Yahya Jammeh hands over power to President Adama Barrow in Gambia

Jammeh’s departure ends a political crisis that erupted on his refusal to step down following last month's election defeat.

Photo by: Reuters
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Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh boards a private jet before departing Banjul airport, Gambia January 21, 2017 into exile.

Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh on Saturday handed over power to President Adama Barrow.

Residents in Banjul took to the streets to celebrate his departure. But not everyone was happy with Jammeh's decision to leave.

The veteran ruler's supporters cried as their leader left the country. They still believe he was the best man for the job.

Yahya Jammeh lost presidential elections but ignored multiple deadlines to quit, even as West African armies entered the country to support new leader Adama Barrow.

He ruled Gambia for more than two decades.

TRT World's Ben Said gives more details.

TRTWorld and agencies