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West African troops extend Gambia mission for a year

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West African troops extend Gambia mission for a year

- Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it has extended the mandate of its military mission in The Gambia. The force, consisting mainly of soldiers from neighbouring Senegal, was first sent to the small country in January to compel longstanding president Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow. At a weekend summit in the Liberian capital Monrovia, the 15-nation body commended the “crucial role” played by the mission in keeping The Gambia secure but leaders took note of “the fragile situation” in the country and extended the mission for 12 months

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Gambia’s Jammeh ‘stole $50m’ from govt frozen assets

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Gambia’s Jammeh ‘stole $50m’ from govt frozen assets

- Banjul. The Gambia’s longtime former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50-million from the state, the country’s justice minister said Monday, in the first major anti-corruption move by the country’s new president. It is the first time the new government of the small west African nations has put a figure to the amount it believes Jammeh plundered from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power

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Gambia's Jammeh 'stole US$50m', assets frozen: Minister

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Gambia's Jammeh 'stole US$50m', assets frozen: Minister

- BANJUL, Gambia: The Gambia's longtime former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least US$50-million from the state, the country's justice minister said on Monday (May 22), in the first major anti-corruption move by the country's new president. It is the first time the new government of the small west African nations has put a figure to the amount it believes Jammeh plundered from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power

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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 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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Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Nigeria, Gambia

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Top Africa stories: Mugabe, Nigeria, Gambia

- Xenophobia: Nigerian lawmakers to visit SA 'to ascertain true state of affairs' Lagos – At least six Nigerian lawmakers are reportedly set to visit South Africa following the recent xenophobic attacks in Pretoria and Johannesburg. According to Punch.com, the Nigerian delegate would be led by Femi Gbajabiamila, the Majority Leader of the west African country's House of Representatives. The lawmakers, the report said, would also be accompanied by foreign affairs

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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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Regional troops to remain in Gambia for a year
Regional troops to remain in Gambia for a year Monrovia - The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) said it has extended the mandate of its military mission in The Gambia. The force, consisting mainly of soldiers from neighbouring Senegal, was first sent to the small country in January to compel longstanding president Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow. At a weekend summit in the Liberian capital Monrovia, the 15-nation body commended the "crucial role" played by the mission in keeping The Gambia secure but leaders took note of "the fragile situation" in the country and extended the mission for 12 months   Read More ...
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West African troops extend Gambia mission for a year
West African troops extend Gambia mission for a year Monrovia, Liberia | AFP | The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it has extended the mandate of its military mission in The Gambia. The force, consisting mainly of soldiers from neighbouring Senegal, was first sent to the small country in January to compel longstanding president Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow. At a weekend summit in the Liberian capital Monrovia, the 15-nation body commended the “crucial role” played by the mission in keeping The Gambia secure but leaders took note of “the fragile situation” in the country and extended the mission for 12 months   Read More ...
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West African troops extend Gambia mission for a year
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) said it has extended the mandate of its military mission in The Gambia. The force, consisting mainly of soldiers from neighbouring Senegal, was first sent to the small country in January to compel longstanding president Yahya Jammeh to relinquish power to his elected successor Adama Barrow. At a weekend summit in the Liberian capital Monrovia, the 15-nation body commended the "crucial role" played by the mission in keeping The Gambia secure but leaders took note of "the fragile situation" in the country and extended the mission for 12 months   Read More ...
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West African regional bloc extends military mission in Gambia
West African troops have extended their military mission in Gambia by one year after entering the country in January to force out longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, regional bloc ECOWAS said on Monday. About 500 ECOWAS troops remain in Gambia of the original 7,000 that crossed over from neighbouring Senegal to compel Jammeh to go into exile and leave the presidency to Adama Barrow, who defeated him in a December election   Read More ...
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West African regional bloc extends military mission in Gambia
BANJUL West African troops have extended their military mission in Gambia by one year after entering the country in January to force out longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, regional bloc ECOWAS said on Monday. About 500 ECOWAS troops remain in Gambia of the original 7,000 that crossed over from neighboring Senegal to compel Jammeh to go into exile and leave the presidency to Adama Barrow, who defeated him in a December election   Read More ...
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Gambia: At least 1 dead after Jammeh supporters clash with W African troops
Gambia: At least 1 dead after Jammeh supporters clash with W African troops Banjul - A Gambian protester died of gunshot wounds Saturday, the day after being shot as supporters of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh clashed with West African forces. Gambian information minister, Demba Ali Jawo, told AFP that a group of people had protested on Friday in Jammeh's home village of Kanilai, 100km east of the capital Banjul, over the presence of West African ECOMIG forces in the area   Read More ...
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Smile! You Are In The Gambia
Smile! You Are In The Gambia The inscription on the huge Comium hoarding stood out among the other billboards facing the asphalt road leading to the city of Banjul from the Banjul International Airport, also known as Tundum International Airport. It was almost 6:00pm and yet there was no sign of darkness as the tarred road leading to my destination was illuminated with the rays of the sun that was still up in the sky   Read More ...
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Gambia’s Jammeh ‘stole $50m’ from govt frozen assets
Gambia’s Jammeh ‘stole $50m’ from govt frozen assets Banjul. The Gambia’s longtime former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50-million from the state, the country’s justice minister said Monday, in the first major anti-corruption move by the country’s new president. It is the first time the new government of the small west African nations has put a figure to the amount it believes Jammeh plundered from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power   Read More ...
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Gambia's Jammeh 'stole $50m', assets frozen: minister
Gambia's Jammeh 'stole $50m', assets frozen: minister The Gambia's longtime former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50-million from the state, the country's justice minister said Monday, in the first major anti-corruption move by the country's new president. It is the first time the new government of the small west African nations has put a figure to the amount it believes Jammeh plundered from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power   Read More ...
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Gambia's Jammeh 'stole $50m', assets frozen
Gambia's Jammeh 'stole $50m', assets frozen Banjul, Gambia | AFP | The Gambia’s longtime former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50-million from the state, the country’s justice minister said Monday, in the first major anti-corruption move by the country’s new president. It is the first time the new government of the small west African nations has put a figure to the amount it believes Jammeh plundered from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power   Read More ...
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Gambia's Jammeh 'stole US$50m', assets frozen: Minister
Gambia's Jammeh 'stole US$50m', assets frozen: Minister BANJUL, Gambia: The Gambia's longtime former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least US$50-million from the state, the country's justice minister said on Monday (May 22), in the first major anti-corruption move by the country's new president. It is the first time the new government of the small west African nations has put a figure to the amount it believes Jammeh plundered from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power   Read More ...
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Gambia accuses former president Jammeh of stealing $50m
Gambia accuses former president Jammeh of stealing $50m The Gambia's former ruler Yahya Jammeh stole at least $50m from the state, the country's justice minister said on Monday, in the first major anti-corruption move by the country's new president. It's the first time the new government of the west African country has put a figure on the amount it believes Jammeh plundered from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea in January after 22 years in power   Read More ...
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Gambian authorities seize ex-president Jammeh's bank accounts
Gambian authorities seize ex-president Jammeh's bank accounts DAKAR Gambian authorities have seized assets including 86 bank accounts and 131 properties linked to former president Yahya Jammeh, an official said on Monday, as an investigation into the veteran ruler's wealth gathers pace. The new government has accused Jammeh of massive fraud including siphoning off public money during his 22-year rule that ended in election defeat and disgraced exile in Equatorial Guinea in January   Read More ...
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Gambia court issues arrest warrant in journalist's killing
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — A Gambian court has issued an arrest warrant for two former army officers suspected in the 2004 shooting death of a journalist. The warrant is for Sanna Manjang and Kawsu Camara, who are reportedly out of the West African country. Deyda Hydara was co-founder and managing editor of The Point newspaper and a correspondent for Agence France Presse and Reporters without Borders   Read More ...
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How use of IoT is helping in the provision of clean water in Gambia
How use of IoT is helping in the provision of clean water in Gambia According to statistics from NGO, The Water Project, 783 million people worldwide lack access to clean water. In partnership with eWater, a company that uses mobile technology for sustainable water maintenance, Eseye provided IoT technology for the provision of clean water in Gambia with roll-out plans in the pipeline for other African countries. While water systems are continuously installed in counties that need it most, it is estimated that around 65 percent break because of a lack of sustainable maintenance   Read More ...
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John Mahama on Ghana, The Gambia and the ANC's decline
John Mahama on Ghana, The Gambia and the ANC's decline Fast Facts: John Mahama Born on November 29, 1958 Considered a historian, communication expert and writer Served as minister of communication between 1998 and 2001 Served as president between 2012 and 2017 Only president in Ghana's history to have not won a second term Boston, United States - When John Mahama stepped down as president of Ghana in January 2017, he became the first in his country's history to fail to secure a second term in office   Read More ...
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Stonebwoy Meets Mavado In Gambia
Stonebwoy Meets Mavado In Gambia Stonebwoy. The VGMA dancehall artiste of the year, Stonebwoy, has been invited to perform alongside Jamaican international dancehall star, Mavado, at a musical concert at the Gambian Independence Stadium, Gambia, on Saturday, May 13. Stonebwoy will rock the stage alongside the Jamaican dancehall artiste, who is also the headline artiste for the concert. The two reggae dancehall artistes will be backed by an impressive selection of local artistes who will ensure back-to-back performances all night   Read More ...
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Custody extended for ex-Gambia interior minister in Switzerland
Swiss authorities on Wednesday extended the detention of Gambia's former interior minister for another three months amid an investigation into accusations he committed crimes against humanity while serving in the African country's government. Ousman Sonko, who served under ousted Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, must remain behind bars as the probe by the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (OAG) continues, according to the decision by a regional court in Berne   Read More ...
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Almost 30 die in Senegal and Gambia boat accidents
Almost 30 people have died in two boat accidents in Senegal and The Gambia, neighbouring west African nations with poor maritime safety records. Twenty-one people, most of them women, were killed last night when a traditional flat-bottomed boat overturned off Bettenty, a central Senegal island area, with 72 on board, said Commander Oumar Kane, a senior Senegalese firefighting official. All except two present were women, and another 51 people had been rescued, he added   Read More ...
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VP: Gambia Thankful, Optimistic, but Challenges Lie Ahead 
VP: Gambia Thankful, Optimistic, but Challenges Lie Ahead  WASHINGTON — Since the departure of Gambia’s long-time ruler Yahya Jammeh, newly elected president Adama Barrow’s government has been taking steps to restore the economy, rule of law and political reforms after two decades of one-party rule. Gambia’s vice president recently visited the United States to “thank its partners for the help they provided during her nation’s political impasse,” she said   Read More ...
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Top Africa stories: Bashir, Nigeria, Gambia
Top Africa stories: Bashir, Nigeria, Gambia SA in dock for failing to arrest Sudan's Bashir. The Hague - South Africa will on Friday seek to defend its failure to arrest visiting Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir who is wanted on charges of genocide, at an unprecedented hearing before international war crimes judges. It will be a humbling moment for Pretoria, one of the leading voices in the creation of the International Criminal Court, whose lawyers will be fending off accusations that it failed in its obligations to the tribunal   Read More ...
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Gambia’s ousted dictator is living the good life in a palace in Equatorial Guinea
Gambia’s ousted dictator is living the good life in a palace in Equatorial Guinea MONGOMO, EQUATORIAL GUINEA For a town of 7,000 in the middle of Africa’s densest jungle, Mongomo boasts an impressive list of attractions. Carved out of Equatorial Guinea’s virgin rainforest is a private airport, a football stadium that hosted games for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, a deserted three-lane highway leading to a “six-star” hotel in the nearby city of Oyala, and a new international-standard golf course, its pristine fairways cutting through the plant life that encroaches everywhere else   Read More ...
Gambia president's party takes majority in parliament
Gambia president's party takes majority in parliament Banjul - The party of Gambia's new president won a majority of seats in parliament after two decades of domination by the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh, the Independent Electoral Commission announced on Friday. President Adama Barrow's United Democratic Party won 31 seats in the 53-seat National Assembly. The results mean Barrow can move ahead with promised transitions toward greater freedoms   Read More ...
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Gambia president's party takes majority in parliament
Gambia president's party takes majority in parliament BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The party of Gambia's new president won a majority of seats in parliament after two decades of domination by the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh,   Read More ...
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Gambia President’s party takes majority in new Parliament
Gambia President’s party takes majority in new Parliament The party of Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow won a majority of seats in the new Parliament after two decades of domination by the party of former leader Yahya Jammeh, the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) announced on Friday. Mr. Barrow’s United Democratic Party won 31 seats in the 53-seat National Assembly. The results mean Mr. Barrow can move ahead with promised transitions towards greater freedoms   Read More ...
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Change is coming fast in The Gambia - and it's intoxicating
Change is coming fast in The Gambia - and it's intoxicating I never visited The Gambia under its former ruler, Yahya Jammeh. I tried to get in through the Senegal-Gambia land border when there was a coup attempt against him. I was questioned for two hours by security services and literally pushed back to the Senegal side of the border. During last year's presidential election, our producer and I wrote a letter asking to cover the campaign, but Al Jazeera had been singled out   Read More ...
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Gambia police exhume bodies of coup plotters
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Police investigators in Gambia have exhumed the bodies of three men who were killed while taking part in an attempted coup in December 2014. The exhumations are meant to shed light on the circumstances of their deaths and to allow the families to have a proper burial, police said. The action taken by police was reportedly prompted by intelligence received from members of the death squad of Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh who ruled for more than 22 years   Read More ...
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Gambia police exhume bodies of coup plotters
BANJUL, Gambia – Police investigators in Gambia have exhumed the bodies of three men who were killed while taking part in an attempted coup in December 2014. The exhumations are meant to shed light on the circumstances of their deaths and to allow the families to have a proper burial, police said. The action taken by police was reportedly prompted by intelligence received from members of the death squad of Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh who ruled for more than 22 years   Read More ...
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Gambia police exhume bodies of coup plotters
Police investigators in Gambia have exhumed the bodies of three men who were killed while taking part in an attempted coup in December 2014. The exhumations are meant to shed light on the circumstances of their deaths and to allow the families to have a proper burial, police said. The action taken by police was reportedly prompted by intelligence received from members of the death squad of Gambia's former President Yahya Jammeh who ruled for more than 22 years   Read More ...
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Raleigh man sentenced to prison for his role in failed coup attempt in Gambia
A Raleigh man was sentenced to federal prison Monday for participating in a gun-smuggling scheme that led to a botched coup attempt in his native Gambia. Alhaji Boye, who hails from a small farming village in the small West African country, was remorseful for breaking U.S. laws, his attorney wrote in a sentencing memorandum before the sentencing. Boye became so troubled by the reign of Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s ruler for 22 years, that he agreed to purchase two AK-47-style rifles, four Diamondback rifles, 7,000 rounds of ammunition and 98 AK-47 magazines to be used in a 2014 ouster attempt by The Gambia Freedom League   Read More ...
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Gambia to set up truth commission and offer reparations
Gambia to set up truth commission and offer reparations Banjul - Gambia will set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into crimes committed by the former regime, and it will offer to pay reparations to victims, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou announced Thursday night. The government of new President Adama Barrow has promised to reverse many of the actions taken under former leader Yahya Jammeh, who was accused by rights groups of overseeing abuses of opponents during his 22-year rule   Read More ...
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Gambia to set up truth commission and offer reparations
BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia will set up a truth and reconciliation commission to look into crimes committed by the former regime, and it will offer to pay reparations to victims, Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambedou announced Thursday night. The government of new President Adama Barrow has promised to reverse many of the actions taken under former leader Yahya Jammeh, who was accused by rights groups of overseeing abuses of opponents during his 22-year rule   Read More ...
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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 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   Read More ...
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Gambia to Set Up Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Gambia to Set Up Truth and Reconciliation Commission BANJUL — 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 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   Read More ...
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From Gambia to Italy: a refugee's perilous journey
From Gambia to Italy: a refugee's perilous journey When Malick Jeng, 19, left Banjul, his hometown and capital of Gambia, on March 14, 2016, he never imagined the risks he would face on his way to Europe. Malick crossed the desert in Mali inside an oil tank where he almost suffocated. He was later held in a Libyan prison, where he witnessed the murder of some of his fellow travellers and only gained his freedom thanks to a payment sent by his family   Read More ...
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Gambia ruling coalition breaks up ahead of April poll
Gambia ruling coalition breaks up ahead of April poll Banjul - 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   Read More ...
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Gambia ruling coalition breaks up ahead of April poll
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   Read More ...
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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election
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   Read More ...
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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election
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   Read More ...
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Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election
Gambia coalition near collapse over legislative election Banjul - 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 on Thursday   Read More ...
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