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AU recognizes Barrow, invites him to Summit

The African Union (AU) has thrown its support behind President Adama Barrow of The Gambia, calls on the international community to give him its support, and has invited him to the forthcoming Summit African Heads of State in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on January 31, 2017. The AU in a communiqué issued today, January 20, 2017, also says it reaffirms support ...

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Jammeh refuses to leave office as deadline passes

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is refusing to step down despite the threat of military intervention by neighbouring states. Adama Barrow, who beat him in elections last month, is due to be inaugurated as the new president on Thursday, but Mr Jammeh has ignored the deadline. West African military forces are ready to enforce a transfer of power. Mauritanian President Mohamed ...

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Military intervention should be last option in Gambia – Nunoo-Mensah

Brigadier-General Nunoo-Mensah

Military intervention in The Gambia’s political crisis should be a last resort, a former Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier-General (rtd) Joseph Nunoo-Mensah has advised. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), has resolved to oust President Yahya Jammeh following his attempt to hold on to power after his defeat in the country’s general elections in December 2016. Already, Senegalese ...

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Jammeh begs ECOWAS chair to help get judges to sit on Election petition

Gambian president Yahya Jammeh has begged the Liberian president and chairperson of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, to help facilitate the release of judges to sit on the election petition filed by his party. In a phone conversation that was shown on the public broadcaster, Jammeh is heard impressing on the Liberian leader to ...

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Top 5 African Elections To Watch Out For in 2017

In 2017, more African countries will pursue the democratic path by conducting presidential, legislative and municipal elections. A public survey of elections conducted by the Pan-African research network Afro-barometer last year showed Africans distrust in national electoral commissions and the quality of their elections. Just over 40% of Africans in 36 countries believed that the last elections in their country were ...

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Gambia electoral commissioner flees country

Gambia’s electoral commission chairman has fled the country because he received threats after declaring President Yahya Jammeh the loser of a Dec. 1 election, a family member and a colleague said on Tuesday. It was not known where Alieu Momar Njai might have gone. President-elect Adama Barrow won the vote and Jammeh conceded defeat but on Dec. 9 he said ...

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Gambian security agents close two radio stations

Gambian security agents closed three private radio stations near the capital, Banjul, amid an escalating political crisis triggered by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept his election defeat. Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, initially conceded defeat to opposition rival Adama Barrow in the Dec. 1 vote, but then called for a fresh poll, drawing condemnation from local ...

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