AFRICA

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. …

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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,” …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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. …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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Son of Equatorial Guinea’s president goes on trial for corruption in Paris

The corruption trial of Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, the eldest son of Equatorial Guinea’s President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, opened Monday, 2 January in Paris. Obiang, who is his country’s vice president, is accused of amassing millions of dollars through “bribes and kickbacks”. As the US authorities forced him to hand over property worth millions of dollars in a settlement …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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