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Gambian new president returns home to warm welcome but also many challenges

Jubilant Gambians on Thursday, 26 January welcomed home their new president, who was elected almost two months ago but forced to flee to Senegal when his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, refused to step aside.Dressed in flowing white robes and cap, Adama Barrow stepped off the plane at the Banjul International Airport with heavily-armed troops from Senegal and Nigeria standing by to …

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Former Gambian interior minister and Jammeh’s top aide arrested in Switzerland

Following the revelations of his active role in the repressive regime of ousted president, Yahya Jammeh, former Gambian interior minister, Ousman Sonko, has been arrested by the Swiss authorities.Sonko was arrested yesterday, 26 January in an asylum centre in Berlin following a case of crimes against humanity filed against him by the human rights organisation TRIAL International. The Geneva-based NGO …

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Top minister in ex-Gambian leader Jammeh’s regime seeks asylum in Switzerland

Ousman Sonko, a top member of the repressive Gambian regime of ousted president, Yahya Jammeh, has applied for refugee protection in Switzerland, Bern’s police chief confirmed on Wednesday, 25 January.Sonko, a former long-serving interior minister, has been staying in an asylum centre in Bern since November 2016, police chief Hans-Juerg Kaeser said.The ex-minister, who fled Gambia after Jammeh sacked him …

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Gambia: No proof that Jammeh looted treasury before departing, says President Barrow’s spokesman

There are no facts yet to back the widely circulated claims that Gambia’s ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh looted millions of dollars from the country’s treasury before leaving for exile, a spokesman of President Adama Barrow has revealed.Speaking on BBC Newsday late night programme on Sunday from Banjul, Halifa Sallah, the chief spokesman for Gambia’s new government, said no government institution had …

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FULL TEXT: The Agreement that ex-Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, signed with ECOWAS before agreeing to step down and leave the country

Gambia’s former president, Yahya Jammeh, finally left Banjul, the country’s capital, Saturday (21 January) night into a new life in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Before agreeing to step down and leave the country to allow the new president, Adama Barrow, to take over, Jammeh signed a Joint Agreement with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), African Union (AU) …

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New era begins in Gambia as Yahya Jammeh leaves for life in exile

After a military standoff and a flurry of diplomatic activities following last month’s presidential election, former President Yahya Jammeh finally left The Gambia late Saturday for a new life in exile.To avoid military confrontation with Senegalese-led ECOWAS troops, he had agreed on Friday to step down and leave the country after two days of marathon negotiations with Presidents Alpha Condé …

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FULL SPEECH: Why I Stepped Down As President Of The Gambia, by Yahya Jammeh

Fellow Gambians, my first preoccupation, as president and commander-in-chief of the armed forces and a patriot and the most sacred at that is to preserve at every instance and in every circumstance the lives of Gambians and this is a duty I hold sacrosanct.I have always pride for peace and security of our nation and Africa. During this entire time …

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ECOWAS troops in Gambia, Jammeh given last deadline to vacate State House for President Barrow and leave country

With the swearing in of President Adama Barrow yesterday in Dakar, Senegal, The Gambia now has an internationally recognized leader. Analysts say the event signalled the end of the presidency of Yahya Jammeh. He is now effectively a rebel leader and all efforts are being made to persuade him to vacate the State House in Banjul and leave the country.A …

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BREAKING! Gambia’s President-elect Adama Barrow to be sworn in today as West African troops amass on the border with Senegal

President-elect Adama Barrow has announced that he would be sworn in today at the Embassy of The Gambia in Dakar, Senegal’s capital.  The constitutional term of office of former President Yahya Jammeh elapsed at midnight yesterday (18 January).“I would like to inform you that the Inauguration Ceremony is going to take place at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar, Senegal,” the …

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Gambia: Jammeh goes for full confrontation, declares state of emergency; ECOWAS military intervention now inevitable

Any hopes that the lingering Gambian election crisis could peacefully be resolved have now vanished as President Yahya Jammeh yesterday [17 January]  declared a 90-day state of emergency.In a TV address to the nation, the embattled leader whose term of office expires at midnight on Wednesday, 18 January said the measure was necessary to avoid a power vacuum, insisting that …

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Germany to increase its engagement in Mali

Germany plans to step up its engagement within the framework of the MINUSMA peacekeeping mission, with deployment, not earlier than March 2017, of combat and transport helicopters and up to 350 additional soldiers. The new mandate was adopted by the cabinet on 11 January  and still needs to be approved by the German Bundestag.In 2012, Islamist groups managed to gain …

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BREAKING! Gambia: Jammeh rejects Supreme Court’s verdict, as ECOWAS defence chiefs prepare for military action

Gambia’s Supreme Court has refused to stop the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow.Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle yesterday declined to hear a petition brought by President Yahya Jammeh, seeking an injunction “restraining Mr Barrow, the Chief Justice of the Gambia or any judicial or quasi-judicial officer or any person in whatever capacity whatsoever to preside over the swearing-in or inauguration on 19 …

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Showdown looms in Gambia, as West African leaders give 4-day deadline; Adama Barrow to stay in Senegal until inauguration

Heads of State of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have issued a 19 January deadline for the resolution of the Gambian political crisis.The leaders made the decision on the Gambian political crisis at the weekend where they met at the fringes of the 27th Africa-France summit in Mali’s capital Bamako. They repeated their calls on President Yahya …

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African Union to cease recognising Jammeh as Gambia’s leader and warns him of “serious consequences”

The African Union (AU) will cease to recognise Yahya Jammeh as Gambia’s president as of 19 January, when his mandate expires, the organisation’s Peace and Security Council said on Friday, 13 January.The decision comes as West African leaders failed in a last-ditch effort to persuade Jammeh to accept his election defeat to opposition candidate Adama Barrow and step down.The international …

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BREAKING! Ecowas Mediators’ meeting with President Jammeh of Gambia ends in deadlock

Last ditch attempt by regional leaders to persuade Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh to give up power peacefully at the end of his term have ended in Banjul without any breakthrough.According reports, Presidents Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria, Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and ex-President Mahama of Ghana were unable to convince Mr Jammeh to respect last month’s election results and facilitate a …

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Gambia: President Jammeh appoints mediator amid political deadlock, as the Buhari-led ECOWAS delegation postpones trip to Banjul

Gambia’s embattled President Yayah Jammeh today, 11 January appointed a mediator to facilitate meetings between himself and president-elect Adama Barrow.The ruling party’s secretary general will mediate between Jammeh’s supporters and the opposition to “resolve any mistrust and issues,” Jammeh said in a televised address to the nation early today.He refuses to accept the election result because it was “full of …

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BREAKING! Gambia’s Supreme Court fails to form quorum, postpones hearing in Jammeh’s petition challenging election result

No show at the Gambia’s Supreme Court today as expected. The much-awaited sitting of the court over the petition filed by President Yahya Jammeh, challenging the results of the 1 December presidential election which he lost to opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow, has been suspended.Gambia’s apex court could not form a quorum as only one judge was present. A quorum …

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