Gambia transition "clear evidence" of "preventive" diplomacy in action

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Mohamed Ibn Chambas (centre) in the Security Council Chamber. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas (file photo)

The peaceful transition of power in the Gambia to President Adama Barrow this week is "clear evidence" of the power of "preventive diplomacy".

That's according to Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Head of the UN’s Office for West Africa and the Sahel, who has been a key figure in resolving the political crisis there, alongside regional leaders in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU).

Former President Yahya Jammeh eventually agreed to leave on Sunday after 22 years in power, after he had first accepted then dismissed his rival's 1 December electoral victory.

Matthew Wells began by asking Mr Chambas what it had been like being in the capital Banjul for the new president's arrival on Thursday.

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