Gambia's President Al Hadji Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island September 27, 2009. REUTERS/Carlos Garcia Rawlins
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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency Tuesday, state TV announced, after refusing to hand power to opposition leader Adama Barrow who won an election on Dec. 1 .Opposition leaders say an emergency could allow the government to cancel or postpone Barrow's inauguration.Hundreds of Gambians have fled into Senegal, Gambia's only neighbor. Gambia has had just two presidents since independence from Britain in 1965 . State television said Monday that Finance Minister Abdou Kolley was being replaced by Benjamin Roberts, the Minister of Tourism.Ministry sources said other government figures, including Foreign Minister Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, had left the government and the country.
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