The United States has warned its citizens to stay clear of The Gambia following signs of impending civil unrest in the country.

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh had lost in the country’s presidential elections, but had refused to step down following perceived irregularities in the voting process.

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There is a Supreme Court hearing on January 10 following Jammeh’s challenge of the result, and the United States Department of State has warned that it could potentially lead to violence.

“The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens against travel to The Gambia because of the potential for civil unrest and violence in the near future,” the statement on its website said.

“U.S. citizens should consider departing on commercial flights and other transportation,” the statement added.