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Gambia’s Barrow Asks Regional Force To Stay For Six Months -U.N

Gambia’s Barrow Asks Regional Force To Stay For Six Months -U.N

Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow has asked a West African military operation, which pressured his predecessor to go into exile after he refused to accept his election defeat, to remain in the country for six months, a U.N. official said on Thursday. “The president of Gambia asked for the mission to remain for six months, […]

Gambians Celebrate As West African Troops Enter Capital After Jammeh Flees

Gambians Celebrate As West African Troops Enter Capital After Jammeh Flees

Gambians celebrated in the streets on Sunday after a West African regional military force entered the capital city of Banjul and took control of the presidential palace, the symbolic seat of ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year authoritarian regime. Jammeh, who refused to accept defeat to opposition challenger Adama Barrow in a December election, flew out of […]

Gambia’s Jammeh Offered Last Chance For Peaceful Exit Before Troops Advance

Gambia’s Jammeh Offered Last Chance For Peaceful Exit Before Troops Advance

West African leaders were due in Banjul on Friday morning to offer Gambia’s veteran leader Yahya Jammeh a last chance to step down peacefully before regional forces, which have already entered the country, oust him. Troops from regional bloc ECOWAS, spearheaded by Senegal and Nigeria, crossed into Gambia on Thursday at the request of newly […]

Gambia Voted To Oust Its Dictator, But He Isn’t Going Quietly

Gambia Voted To Oust Its Dictator, But He Isn’t Going Quietly

The small West African nation of Gambia is rapidly approaching a crucial deadline. On Thursday, authoritarian President Yahya Jammeh’s 23-year-long rule is set to end after his unexpected election defeat last month. But there is little indication that Jammeh intends to give up power. Instead, he declared a state of emergency on Tuesday after weeks […]

Four Gambian Ministers Resign As Neighbouring States Prepare To Step In

Four Gambian Ministers Resign As Neighbouring States Prepare To Step In

Gambia’s ministers of finance, foreign affairs, trade and the environment have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh’s government, state television said, as regional forces prepare to oust the veteran leader unless he steps down by Thursday. Jammeh, in power since a 1994 coup, has become increasingly isolated at home and abroad after he refused to accept […]

Ugandan Leader Makes Son His Adviser, Critics See Succession Plan

Ugandan Leader Makes Son His Adviser, Critics See Succession Plan

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has appointed his son as his senior adviser, officials said on Tuesday, a move analysts said was part of a plan to groom him to take over the top job. The president’s son, Major General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, was moved from his position at the head of the army’s special forces, the […]

S.Africa’s ANC Scolds Pretoria Mayor For “Regrettable” Taiwan Visit

S.Africa’s ANC Scolds Pretoria Mayor For “Regrettable” Taiwan Visit

South Africa’s ruling ANC party rebuked the opposition mayor of Pretoria for visiting Taiwan last month in what it called a violation of its foreign policy that recognises only the People’s Republic of China. The ANC said any officials making trips at odds with South Africa’s foreign relationships should be stripped of their passports. China […]

Congo Talks Near Deal For Kabila To Step Down in 2017

Congo Talks Near Deal For Kabila To Step Down in 2017

Political rivals in Democratic Republic of Congo neared a deal on Saturday for President Joseph Kabila to leave power in 2017 after dozens of people were killed during protests this week at the end of his mandate. Under the agreement, elections would be held next year and Kabila, who took power in Africa’s fourth most […]

West Africa Bloc To Take ‘Necessary Actions’ To Uphold Gambia Vote Result

West Africa Bloc To Take ‘Necessary Actions’ To Uphold Gambia Vote Result

The West African regional bloc said on Saturday it would take all necessary actions to uphold the result of a Dec. 1 election in Gambia, where veteran President Yahya Jammeh says he will not step down after losing to Adama Barrow. ECOWAS leaders said in a communique marking the end of a summit in the […]

Gambia President Jammeh Rejects Outcome Of Dec. 1 Election

Gambia President Jammeh Rejects Outcome Of Dec. 1 Election

  Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said on Friday he rejects the outcome of last week’s election that he lost to opposition leader Adama Barrow and called for fresh elections. The announcement made on state television throws the future of the West African country into doubt after the unexpected election result ended Jammeh’s 22-year rule and […]