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South Korea issues special travel advisory for Gambia over political instability

All News 21:33 January 10, 2017

SEOUL, Jan. 10 (Yonhap) -- South Korea on Tuesday issued a special travel advisory for Gambia over the deepening political instability sparked by its president's rejection of the outcome of a December presidential election.

The African state's President Yahya Jammeh has refused to accept the unexpected result of the election that ended his 22-year rule, and demanded a new vote. President-elect Adama Barrow has called on him to step down immediately, accusing him of undermining democracy.

"(The Seoul government) calls on South Korean citizens to check the content of the travel advisory and withdraw from Gambia or return home if they don't have any emergency tasks to do there," Seoul's foreign ministry said in a statement.

Instability in Gambia could further worsen around Jan. 19 when the incoming president takes office, observers said.


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