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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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Nigeria’s President Buhari to lead delegation to Gambia in last-ditch attempt to resolve political impasse

President Muhammadu Buhari will lead a delegation of ‎the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)‎, to The Gambia on Wednesday, 11 January.The trip is seen as a last-ditch attempt to resolve the political impasse in the country.The decision to undertake the trip was taken on Monday, 9 January in Nigeria’s capital city Abuja, following an extra-ordinary meeting of ECOWAS …

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Gambia: ECOWAS softens on Jammeh, says it still prefers peaceful mediation to military intervention

West African leaders are not ready yet to send troops as they negotiate with President Jammeh to relinquish power, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced.The crisis in The Gambia is becoming more complex as the 19 January handover date approaches.In a surprise development, Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf told reporters on Saturday in Accra that ECOWAS leaders were still …

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President Akufo-Addo declares Ghana open for business as he promises to govern with integrity

Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was sworn in on Saturday as Ghana’s new president at a ceremony in Accra, the country’s capital, marking the latest peaceful transition of power in the West African country.In a speech as he took office, the president said “I pledge to do my best to move this country to higher level of development; I will not …

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Gambia: Jammeh blasts ECOWAS, says deployment of troops is ‘an act of war’

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has warned that any troop deployment by ECOWAS members would constitute “a declaration of war”. In a New Year’s message broadcast on Saturday, Jammeh said the “blatant and one-sided” approach of the regional body, “disqualified it from providing mediation services”.“Let me make very clear, we are ready to defend this country against any aggression,” Jammeh said, …

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Congolese President Kabila to step down under new deal with opposition

Agreement reached by Congolese political parties aims to have transitional government in place by March.President Joseph Kabila will step down as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo after elections held before the end of 2017, under a draft agreement reached by political parties, according to a lead mediator from the Catholic Church.Under the deal, reached on New Year’s eve …

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Gambian election crisis: Jammeh appoints six foreign judges to Supreme Court to hear his petition as President-elect Barrow prepares for inauguration

Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has appointed six foreign judges into the Supreme Court to join the remaining member, Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle, a Nigerian national, so that his election petition could be heard.Although the names of the judges have not been officially revealed, they are believed to come from Nigeria and Sierra Leone.The President has also ordered the electoral commission …

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Nigeria Army ousts Boko Haram from its last major camp; two major roads in Borno re-opened

The Nigerian Army has driven Boko Haram militants from their last camp in the northeastern Sambisa forest, President Muhammadu Buhari has said in a statement.The military has launched a large-scale offensive against the jihadist group in recent weeks.Buhari said in a statement that the head of the army informed him on Friday, 23 December that the last major Boko Haram camp in …

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Gambia: ECOWAS threatens Jammeh with military action; Senegalese troops ‘on alert’

President Yahya Jammeh of The Gambia stands the risk of being forcefully removed from power should he carry out his threat to sit tight after losing the December 1 election.ECOWAS leaders warned yesterday that they would not hesitate to send troops to Banjul, if Jammeh, who lost the election to opposition candidate, Adama Barrow, fails to step down next month.Senegal,which surrounds much …

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Congo’s opposition agrees to deal for Kabila to step down

Congolese politicians have agreed in principle to a deal under which President Joseph Kabila willl leave office by the end of 2017, opposition leaders said on Friday, 23 December, an unexpected breakthrough after dozens were killed in anti-government protests this week.If the deal does succeed, it would be a major achievement for the Catholic church, which has been mediating talks …

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Nigeria to reward those who expose thieves of government funds with 5 per cent of the recovered loot

The Federal Government of Nigeria has approved the payment of 5 per cent of recovered looted fund to the whistle blower behind the recovery.Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun briefed State House correspondents at the end of the cabinet meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday, 21 December. According to her, the programme is designed to encourage anyone with information …

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Anarchy looms in Gambia as hand-over date nears

President Yahya Jammeh has reiterated on Tuesday that he won’t hand over power to President-elect Adama Barrow despite growing international pressure. He would be regarded as a ‘rebel leader’ after 18 January if he refuses to hand over power, says opposition. The Gambia edges to constitutional crisis as the presidential hand-over date of 19 January looms, writes Ken Kamara in …

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Mugabe to stand for election again in 2018

Zimbabwe’s ruling Zanu-PF party has declared President Robert Mugabe as its candidate for the next presidential election in 2018. By then he will be aged 94. His supporters broke into thunderous applause and chanted “tongai, tongai baba” [rule, rule father] as the Zanu-PF annual conference nominated Mugabe on Saturday in the south-eastern town of Masvingo .Mugabe has been in power …

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Gambia: Jammeh must step down, say West African leaders

West African leaders under the auspices of the regional ECOWAS have jointly called on Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh to step when his term of office expires in January.Meeting in Nigeria’s capital Abuja on Saturday, the eleven presidents present at the body’s 50th ordinary session called on Jammeh to accept the results and refrain from compromising a peaceful handover of power.President …

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