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Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule

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Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule

- Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in a statement that the government will also probe the finances of Jammeh, who fled into exile in January to Equatorial Guinea after a rule that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup

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Gambia ruling coalition breaks up ahead of April poll

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Gambia ruling coalition breaks up ahead of April poll

- President Adama Barrow. Photo/AFP The Gambia's ruling coalition has broken apart ahead of a parliamentary poll next month, dealing a blow to new President Adama Barrow as he overhauls the country's political system following his shock election victory. Nine political parties will run separately in the April 6 election, seven of which had united last December to oust veteran leader Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the tiny west African nation with an iron fist for 22 years

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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election

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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election

- Gambian President Adama Barrow. Photo/AFP Gambian coalition parties which united last year to deliver the first new president in 22 years are unlikely to run together for legislative elections next month, a senior government source told AFP. President Adama Barrow said in January his coalition government would "continue as a family" in selecting candidates for the national assembly poll on April 6, a declaration now thrown into doubt. "We cannot reach an agreement on how to contest the parliamentary election," a senior figure within Barrow's administration told AFP late Thursday

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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election

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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election

- Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Gambian coalition parties which united last year to deliver the first new president in 22 years are unlikely to run together for legislative elections next month, a senior government source told AFP. President Adama Barrow said in January his coalition government would “continue as a family” in selecting candidates for the national assembly poll on April 6, a declaration now thrown into doubt. “We cannot reach an agreement on how to contest the parliamentary election,” a senior figure within Barrow’s administration told AFP late Thursday

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Gambia frees nearly 100 prisoners from Jammeh era

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Gambia frees nearly 100 prisoners from Jammeh era

- Gambian authorities have released 98 prisoners, mostly from the notorious Mile 2 prison, an Interior Ministry spokesman said on Friday, as the country seeks to turn a page on the authoritarian era of ousted former president Yahya Jammeh. The release follows the freeing of about 170 prisoners two weeks ago. Gambian President Adama Barrow last month replaced the head of the military, a pillar of his predecessor Jammeh's government, and

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Tags: Prisons |  Prisoners | 
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Gambia scraps age limit for presidential candidates

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Gambia scraps age limit for presidential candidates

- The Gambian parliament on Tuesday scrapped the constitutional age limit on presidential election candidates after new President Adama Barrow faced questions over his deputy's eligibility due to her age. Anyone over 65 has been barred from running for The Gambia's highest office under a constitutional amendment that came into force in the west African country in 1997. The new change comes after Barrow -- who took office on February 18

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Gambia military chief sacked as clear-out gains pace

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Gambia military chief sacked as clear-out gains pace

- Gambia's President Adama Barrow has fired the head of the armed forces, General Ousman Badjie, as he continues a clear-out of senior officials linked to the despotic rule of his predecessor. Badjie has been replaced by General Masanneh Kinteh, a former ambassador to Cuba and a special military adviser to Barrow since January. As he took over from Badjie, Kinteh told reporters at defence headquarters in Banjul: "My immediate priority

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Gambia arrests former spychief linked to killings

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Gambia arrests former spychief linked to killings

- Authorities in Gambia have detained the former head of the National Intelligence Agency, a body human rights groups say tortured and killed perceived opponents of former leader Yahya Jammeh, who went into exile last month after losing an election. The former director general of the agency, Yankuba Badgie, and its ex-director of operations, Sheikh Omar Jeng, were arrested on Monday, police spokesman Foday Conta said on Tuesday. Jammeh set up

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Tension in Gambia as ex-president Jammeh's supporters arrested

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Tension in Gambia as ex-president Jammeh's supporters arrested

- Gambian police said they arrested 51 people in a former stronghold of ex-president Yahya Jammeh for harassing followers of new leader Adama Barrow, amid lingering tensions following Jammeh's flight into exile. Jammeh narrowly lost a December 1 election to Barrow after 22 years of authoritarian rule. Jammeh initially refused to step down but fled to Equatorial Guinea last month as international military forces descended on the capital Banjul to uphold

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Gambia leader heralds new dawn for minister jailed 22 times

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Gambia leader heralds new dawn for minister jailed 22 times

- For one Gambian government minister, the ceremonial swearing in of President Adama Barrow marked the new dawn of a democracy he was jailed 22 times for trying to defend - once for every year autocratic ex-ruler Yahya Jammeh was in power. At an inauguration ceremony at the national stadium on Saturday, Barrow vowed to turn the page on Jammeh's often cruel and dysfunctional 22-year rule, which was marked by the

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Barrow sworn in at packed stadium, pledges to revive economy

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Barrow sworn in at packed stadium, pledges to revive economy

- Gambia's President Adama Barrow vowed on Saturday to revive the country's faltering economy with sweeping reforms as he sought to draw a line under the erratic 22-year rule of his predecessor. Barrow was sworn into office a month ago during a brief exile in Senegal as Yahya Jammeh refused to accept his defeat in a December election. Jammeh fled into exile days later as troops from West African countries prepared

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Gambia's new president pledges fresh start, economic reform

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Gambia's new president pledges fresh start, economic reform

- BANJUL Gambia's President Adama Barrow vowed on Saturday to revive the country's faltering economy with sweeping reforms as he sought to draw a line under the erratic 22-year rule of his predecessor. Barrow was sworn into office a month ago during a brief exile in Senegal as Yahya Jammeh refused to accept his defeat in a December election. Jammeh fled into exile days later as troops from West African countries

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Gambia viert wisseling president

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Gambia viert wisseling president

- BANJUL - Na maanden van onzekerheid hebben tienduizenden inwoners van Gambia zaterdag de inhuldiging van de nieuwe president Adama Barrow gevierd. Naar schatting kwamen 25.000 mensen bijeen in een stadion in de hoofdstad Banjul. Ook de presidenten van de nabijgelegen landen Ghana, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ivoorkust en Mauritanië waren aanwezig.

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Gambia will rejoin Commonwealth 'as fast as possible' - Boris Johnson

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Gambia will rejoin Commonwealth 'as fast as possible' - Boris Johnson

- British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said on Tuesday that Gambia, which is seeking to emerge from more than two decades of authoritarian rule, would be readmitted "as fast as possible" to the Commonwealth, a body whose African members he once maligned. Longtime leader Yahya Jammeh, who had ruled since seizing power in 1994, fled Gambia last month after regional militaries launched an operation to remove him. In 2013, the

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Gambia to remain in ICC, restore foreign relations

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Gambia to remain in ICC, restore foreign relations

- Gambia's new government has told the United Nations it will remain in the International Criminal Court (ICC), state media reported on Monday, reversing the previous administration's plan to withdraw from the tribunal. Former president Yahya Jammeh announced in October that he would pull Gambia out of the ICC, accusing the world body of ignoring alleged war crimes of Western nations and seeking only to prosecute Africans. But President Adama

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EU to give 'virtually bankrupt' Gambia 225 mn euros

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EU to give 'virtually bankrupt' Gambia 225 mn euros

- The European Union announced aid worth 225 million euros ($240 million) for The Gambia on Thursday as President Adama Barrow warned that the nation was “virtually bankrupt” due to economic mismanagement by the former regime. The EU froze assistance to The Gambia in December 2014 over the dire human rights record of ex-president Yahya Jammeh, whose security services were accused by rights groups of extrajudicial killings, torture and forced disappearances.

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The tragedy of an alternative truth, Can 'Brexit' birth a global Britain?, Understanding the different strands of populism, Gambia gains its freedom, Negotiation, not confrontation

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The tragedy of an alternative truth, Can 'Brexit' birth a global Britain?, Understanding the different strands of populism, Gambia gains its freedom, Negotiation, not confrontation

- Financial Times / London The tragedy of an alternative truth “The man from the BBC was laughing as he reported the White House’s false claims about the size of the crowd at Donald Trump’s inauguration,” writes Gideon Rachman. “He should have been crying.... This spectacle of obvious lies being peddled by the White House is a tragedy for US democracy. But the rest of the world – and, in particular,

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  • Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule
    Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule

    , the-star.co.ke

    Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in a statement that the government will also probe the finances of Jammeh, who fled into exile in January to Equatorial Guinea after a rule that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup

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    Tags: Relationships |  Reconciliation | 
    Places: Kenya |  Gambia | 

Politics & Government

  • Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election
    Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election

    , newvision.co.ug

    Gambian President Adama Barrow. Photo/AFP Gambian coalition parties which united last year to deliver the first new president in 22 years are unlikely to run together for legislative elections next month, a senior government source told AFP. President Adama Barrow said in January his coalition government would "continue as a family" in selecting candidates for the national assembly poll on April 6, a declaration now thrown into doubt. "We cannot reach an agreement on how to contest the parliamentary election," a senior figure within Barrow's administration told AFP late Thursday

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Sports

  • Bafana-Gambia qualifier set for June 4
    Bafana-Gambia qualifier set for June 4

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    Bafana Bafana’s clash with Gambia in the penultimate 2016 Gabon Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers has been set for Saturday, 4 June 2016. The match will take place at Independence Stadium in Bakau, Gambia. Kickoff is at 5pm local time (7pm SA Time). The Independence Stadium is a 30 000 multi-purpose stadium in Bakau, Gambia, with natural grass. It is currently used mostly for football matches, although it is

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Health

  • Surgeons in N.Y. remove cantaloupe-size tumor from Gambia girl’s mouth
    Surgeons in N.Y. remove cantaloupe-size tumor from Gambia girl’s mouth

    , japantimes.co.jp

    NEW HYDE PARK, NEW YORK – A 12-year-old girl from the West African nation of Gambia is expected to leave the U.S. next week after surgeons successfully removed a 6-pound tumor from her mouth. Surgeons in New York say the benign tumor in Janet Sylva’s mouth was about the size of a cantaloupe and was one of the largest tumors they’d ever seen. They say it prevented her from eating and made breathing difficult

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Family & Parenting

  • Gambia president-elect's son 'killed by dogs'
    Gambia president-elect's son 'killed by dogs'

    , independent.co.ug

    Banjul, Gambia | AFP | An eight-year-old son of The Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by dogs, a family source said Monday, days before his contested inauguration. Barrow, who is in Senegal, is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday, but President Yahya Jammeh has declared he will not step down by then. “President-elect Barrow’s son, Habibou, died yesterday evening (Sunday) after he was bitten by

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Society & Culture

  • Gambia president-elect's son killed by dogs: family source
    Gambia president-elect's son killed by dogs: family source

    , thecitizen.co.tz

    Banjul, Gambia. An eight-year-old son of The Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow has died after being bitten by dogs, a family source said Monday, days before his contested inauguration. Barrow, who is in Senegal, is scheduled to be sworn in on Thursday, but President Yahya Jammeh has declared he will not step down by then. "President-elect Barrow's son, Habibou, died yesterday evening (Sunday) after he was bitten by dogs," the family

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    Tags: Death & Dying | 
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Travel & Recreation

  • Gambia crisis: Tourists to be evacuated
    Gambia crisis: Tourists to be evacuated

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    Banjul - Special flights are being organised to evacuate British tourists from Gambia where the threat of a military intervention looms. Incumbent leader Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, just two days before he is supposed to step aside after losing the December presidential election. Jammeh refuses, citing voting irregularities, and the West African regional bloc known as Ecowas has threatened to force him out. Travel group

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Law & Crime

  • Tension in Gambia as ex-president Jammeh's supporters arrested
    Tension in Gambia as ex-president Jammeh's supporters arrested

    , the-star.co.ke

    Gambian police said they arrested 51 people in a former stronghold of ex-president Yahya Jammeh for harassing followers of new leader Adama Barrow, amid lingering tensions following Jammeh's flight into exile. Jammeh narrowly lost a December 1 election to Barrow after 22 years of authoritarian rule. Jammeh initially refused to step down but fled to Equatorial Guinea last month as international military forces descended on the capital Banjul to uphold

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Life & Style

  • Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule
    Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule

    , the-star.co.ke

    Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in a statement that the government will also probe the finances of Jammeh, who fled into exile in January to Equatorial Guinea after a rule that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup

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    Tags: Relationships |  Reconciliation | 
    Places: Kenya |  Gambia | 

Media & Information

  • News24.com | Gambia crisis: Two more radio stations shut down
    News24.com | Gambia crisis: Two more radio stations shut down

    , news24.com

    Banjul - Two more private Gambian radio stations have been ordered off air for unspecified reasons, staff said Monday, after a first station was shut down at the weekend amid a political standoff in the west African nation. On Sunday popular station Teranga FM, whose manager had previously been charged for sharing a provocative photo of President Yahya Jammeh, was ordered to stop broadcasting by national security agents. On Monday

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