ECOWAS soldiers are seen in a camp at the border of Gambia in Karang, Senegal , January 20, 2017. REUTERS/Thierry Gouegnon

BANJLU (Reuters) – Scores of West African Economic States of Africa, ECOWAS soldiers preparing to make a ferry crossing to Gambia’s capital, Banjul on Sunday, several eye witnesses said, as part os a mission to secure the country and allow new President Adama Barrow to take up his office.

Yahya Jammeh, the authoritarian leader who had ruled the tiny nation of less than 2 million in population since taking power in a coup 22 years ago, flew into exile late Saturday evening as the military operation was poised to remove him from power.

(Reporting by Tim Cocks, Writing by Joe Bavier; Editing by Mark Potter)

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