The U.S. embassy in Gambia is closed because of the possibility of violence, as the country's longtime leader refuses to hand over power to the newly-elected president. Adama Barrow, who won last month's election, was sworn in Thursday in neighboring Senegal. Former President Yahya Jammeh is still claiming irregularities in the election. Regional troops are amassing at Gambia's border to help Barrow take his rightful place if he calls for help. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more.
The U.N. refugee agency says at least 26,000 people have fled Gambia into Senegal as the West African countries prepare for possible military action to unseat Gambia's leader of 22 years. President Yahya Jammeh lost the December elections but has refused to step down. President-elect Adama Barrow is to be inaugurated Thursday. Ricci Shryock reports for VOA from the Senegalese border town of Karang.