• Jammeh 'sacks' US ambassador who urged him to accept defeat

    20/Dec/2016 // 1232 Viewers

     

    The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has sacked the US ambassador who called for him to accept defeat to Adama Barrow in elections this month, according to a letter written by the ambassador.

    In a letter being shared on social media bearing the embassy's official stamp, Ambassador Omar Faye writes: 

    I would like to inform my friends, colleagues and all Gambians that I have been recalled for home service.
    The ambassador says he will stand down willingly, adding he's like the long-serving ruler to follow his example:

    I hope and pray that president Jammeh will likewise hand over to President Elect Adama Barrow.
    He finishes his letter by urging all authorities, especially the army, which observers say is the key to the outcome of The Gambia's election crisis, to respect Mr Barrow's win in the 1 December election:

    I am hereby reminding all Gambian officials, civil servants and military personnel [that] they are serving the people of The Gambia and must protect its security, peace and prosperity.
    As a former military officer, I was taught loyalty to country FIRST. I hope the armed and security forces will uphold the WILL of The Gambian people made on December 1, 2016."


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  • JUST IN: Finally, BUHARI breaks silence, warns JAMMEH to leave power on January 18 in his own interest

    20/Dec/2016 // 18371 Viewers

     

    Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari a retired General in the Nigerian Army cum 'democratically' elected civilian president has finally broken silence on the electoral impasse in the Gambia in his capacity as the chief mediator. He warned that any attempt by outgoing President Jammeh to stay in power beyond January 18 will be met with fierce resistance as everything has kept in place to forcefully remove him from power if need be, sources disclosed on Tuesday in Abuja, Nigeria's capital.

    His position was also corroborated by other West African leaders, under the aegis of ECOWAS who jointly issued a statement and sent an unmistakable signal to President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia that they would not allow him to stay longer than January 18 in power.

    The leaders at their meeting in Abuja resolved to attend the inauguration of the Gambian President-Elect, Adama Barrow, on January 18, 2017 in conformity with the Gambian constitution.

    According to a communiqué presented at the end of the 50th Ordinary Session of the Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government held in Abuja on Saturday, the out-going President Yahya Jammeh must uphold the result of the December 1 presidential election in the country and must guarantee the safety and protection of the President-elect.

    The communiqué said: “The Authority calls on President Yahya Jammeh to accept the result of the polls and refrain from any action likely to compromise the transition and peaceful transfer of power to the President-Elect.”

    The Authority also appointed President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria and his Ghanaian counterpart, John Mahama, as Chief Mediator and Co-Mediator respectively in the Gambian political impasse.

    Four of the ECOWAS leaders – Muhammadu Buhari, John Mahama of Ghana, Ernest Koroma of Sierra Leone and ECOWAS chairperson, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf – visited Banjul on Tuesday to persuade Jammeh to accept the result of the election.

    Although President Buhari said Jammeh was receptive to their discussions, his obduracy in accepting the result of the poll became a major issue at the ECOWAS talks in Abuja Saturday.


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  • Gambia crisis 'hits Christmas tourist bookings' - BBC

    20/Dec/2016 // 532 Viewers

     

    The Gambia's Chamber of Commerce and Industry says 90% of businesses in the tourism sector have been affected by the uncertainty caused by the current political stalemate.

    It says they're experiencing cancellations and a decline in tourist numbers for the Christmas season.

    This has affected craft vendors, like Auntie Marie de Mama, who told me: "It is very sad. There is no business; there is no business here for me to make something for my children. There is nothing going on."

    President Yahya Jammeh, in power since 1994, is challenging the result of a presidential poll earlier this month in which he initially accepted defeat. 


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  • EDITORIAL: Gambia severance reveals smarting pettiness from PRC

    20/Mar/2016 // 255 Viewers

     

    Beijing announced last Thursday day it had resumed diplomatic relations with the Islamic Republic of The Gambia, a West African nation that had been Taiwan's diplomatic ally for close to two decades. As a new government of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party will be launched on May 20, Beijing's move signals the end of President Ma Ying-jeou's vaunted "diplomatic truce" with the People's Republic of China.

    President Ma, who was in Belize during his Latin American official visit, expressed his "great dissatisfaction" over the resumption of Chinese-Gambian diplomatic ties, while Tsai Ing-wen, chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party who will be sworn in as president in a little more than two months, hopes Beijing did not "purposefully" do it.

    Ma proclaimed an unofficial truce between Taiwan and China in 2008 to end their rivalry to win diplomatic allies by anteing up financial assistance against each other. During his two terms, Taiwan lost only two allies, Costa Rica and the Gambia. It now maintains diplomatic relations with 22 nations around the world that may all switch diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing shortly after Taiwan has its new government.

    The Gambia, the smallest nation in continental Africa, has shifted between Taiwan and China. Banjul recognized Taipei in 1965. When Taiwan was kicked out of the United Nations in 1971, Banjul derecognized Taipei and set up diplomatic relations with China. In 1995, one year after 1995, Yahya Jammeh came to power, Gambia re-recognized Taiwan. He severed ties with Taiwan again in 2013, because Taipei refused to give him the large cash assistance he had asked for, but Beijing waited more than two years to resume the ties.

    Many of the 22 diplomatic allies, except the Vatican, are fence-sitters just like Gambia. While the Ministry of Foreign Affairs wished a couple of them would not follow suit before May 25 and the Mainland Affairs Council was complaining that Beijing's move ran counter to the peaceful development of cross-strait relations, undermining the foundation of mutual trust and impacting the status quo in the process, Tsai expressed her hope that the resumption of Beijing-Banjul ties is not purposeful and declared both Taiwan and China are responsible for the peace in Asia and the Pacific and there should not be the rivalry in international relations between them "to hurt the feelings of the people on both sides of the strait." She added that her new government will proactively contribute to the international society, and try to win its support as well as support. She also pointed out that there should not be difference in diplomatic policy between her government and the outgoing Kuomintang administration, hoping all the people of Taiwan would support her foreign policy.

    Tsai probably understands Beijing sent the message that she has to accept the unsigned 1992 modus vivendi, under which Taipei and Beijing are agreed that there is but one China whose connotation can be separately and orally enunciated, and say so in her May 20 inaugural speech.

    The major concern now is whether Tsai has the appropriate diplomatic and political depth to present a parrying move that can alleviate the offensive that the PRC has so obviously taken on itself to initiate against Taiwan.

    Taiwan is certainly capable of contributing to all the endeavors of the international community; it has always been doing so, and to be perfectly clear it is Gambia's loss to have sacrificed a loyal friend for money and whatever other leverage that the PRC is perceived to have. All the tumult is basically over whether Taiwan's value will be needlessly put on the line of cross-strait political crossfire in which, unfortunately, the bigger player has the stated goal of vanquishing perceived "bad elements" of the smaller.

    We can't dictate what President-elect Tsai can say to best ward off further aggressive moves from the PRC. But a major purpose of our response should be to reveal one core element of the current dispute: to stop Beijing from painting itself as "responding" to "provocations." The PRC has been throwing out all the moves while wanting to claim it is being snubbed, but isn't it weird to describe the current situation that way, when Tsai has repeatedly said she wants peaceful, viable cross strait relations?

    The president-elect has been respectful so far. If only Beijing returned a semblance of that respect, it would help further negotiations. - The China Post


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  • Jammeh’s Petition Won’t Stop Barrow’s Inauguration – Gambia Opposition

    21/Dec/2016 // 1951 Viewers

     

    The coalition of opposition parties in The Gambia has expressed confidence that the petition filed by President Yahya Jammeh challenging the election of Adama Barrow at the country’s Supreme Court will not stop the presidential inauguration of the president-elect on January 19, 2017.

    Addressing a press conference in Abuja, yesterday, on behalf of the coalition, leaders of National Reconciliation Party (NRP) and Gambia Moral Congress (GMC), Hon Hamat N.K. Bah and Hon Mai Ahmad Fatty, noted that the president-elect, Barrow, won the election in a landslide, saying President Jammeh had earlier congratulated him and promised to hand over power peacefully.

    Hon Fatty, however, said it was unfortunate that the president changed his mind afterwards and decided to challenge the election in the Supreme, adding that for the first time in 22 years, since the outgoing government came into power, Gambians have a breathing space.

    “President Jammeh subsequently changed his mind and filed a petition in the Supreme Court; which is his right. But our constitution is very clear on the matter. When you lose an election and you are not satisfied, you can file in a petition in the Supreme.

    “Importantly, for over a year and half now, the Gambian Supreme Court has not been constituted. And it’s already too late for President Jammeh to do that now, because that will make a judge in his own case. It is against the principle of natural justice.

    “The position of the law on the matter is very clear; when a petition is filed in the Supreme Court, it must be heard and decided within 30 days. And it is already 10 days since the President Jammeh filed his petition, challenging the election of Barrow; and it is not likely that the matter will be decided before January 19, 2017,” Hon Fatty explained.

    He disclosed that a coalition of seven political parties came together to field an independent candidate, the president-elect Adama Barrow, in the December 1 presidential election.

    He said the opposition leaders subdued their political ambitions in the overall interest of the Gambian people.


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  • JUST IN: Nobody can deprive me of that victory except the Almighty Allah, I'll not step down - Jammeh defies Buhari, others

    21/Dec/2016 // 1913 Viewers

     

    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said he would not step down and condemned mediation by West African regional bloc ECOWAS that aims to get him to leave power after he lost a Dec. 1 election to challenger Adama Barrow.

    The comments on state television late on Tuesday were a hardening of the veteran president's position after days in which hopes mounted he could be persuaded to hand over power at the end of his mandate on Jan. 18, when Barrow is due to be inaugurated.

    "I am not a coward. My right cannot be intimidated and violated. This is my position. Nobody can deprive me of that victory except the Almighty Allah," Jammeh said.

    "Already the ECOWAS meeting was a formality. Before they came, they had already said Jammeh must step down. I will not step down," he said.

    Jammeh initially accepted the results of an election whose outcome was seen across Africa as a moment of hope. He is accused by human rights groups of the detention, torture and killing of perceived opponents during his 22-year rule.

    On Dec. 9, he reversed his position and said he would challenge in the country's Supreme Court the results of an election he said was riddled with irregularities.

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  • JUST IN: At last, Jammeh blows hot, draws battle line with ECOWAS mediators , says 'I'll defend my country if need be' - BBC reports

    21/Dec/2016 // 4830 Viewers

     

    Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has hit out at regional mediators urging him to step down, saying he will not be intimidated. The West African regional bloc Ecowas had called on him to honour his initial pledge to accept electoral defeat, BBC has reported.

    Mr Jammeh, who subsequently said the 1 December poll was flawed, added that he would defend his country if need be.

    Ecowas had said military intervention might be a possibility if diplomatic efforts failed.

    Mr Jammeh has launched a court action to annul the vote after the electoral commission changed some results.

    The commission insists the outcome was not affected by an initial error and property developer Adama Barrow defeated Mr Jammeh.

    Mr Jammeh seized power in the tiny country in 1994 and has been accused of human rights abuses, although he has held regular elections.

    In a 45-minute speech at the African Bar Association on Tuesday night, Mr Jammeh defended his position, saying West African leaders had violated the Ecowas principle of non-interference.

    "Who are they to tell me to leave my country?" he said during his televised speech.

    "I will not be intimidated by any power in this world. I want to make sure justice is done.

    "I'm a man of peace, but I cannot also be a coward. I am a man of peace but that does not also mean that I will not defend myself and defend my country and defend my country courageously, patriotically and win."
    The BBC's Umaru Fofana in the capital, Banjul, says it was his first public reaction to last week's intervention by Ecowas leaders, and he reiterated his call for fresh elections as the only way to resolve the impasse.

    According to the electoral commission's final count:
    Mr Barrow won 222,708 votes (43.3%)
    President Jammeh took 208,487 (39.6%)
    A third-party candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 89,768 (17.1%)
    Results were revised by the electoral commission on 5 December, when it emerged that the ballots for one area had been added incorrectly.

    Meanwhile, a spokesman for the opposition coalition that backed Mr Barrow has said Mr Jammeh will not face prosecution after leaving office.

    "President-elect Barrow says he is going to treat outgoing President Yahya Jammeh like a former head of state and would consult him for advice," Halifa Sallah told the AFP news agency.

    Some analysts have suggested that reports that Mr Jammeh could face prosecution were behind his U-turn.

    Human rights groups have accused President Jammeh of committing serious abuses against opponents during his 22-year rule.

    The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1965.


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  • Sanna Jarju - Gambia's former Chief of Protocol escapes from country

    21/Jan/2016 // 1133 Viewers

                         Yahya Jammeh, President of the Islamic Republic of Gambia


    PARIS, JANUARY 21, 2016: (DGW) - Sanna Jarju, Gambia's former State House chief of protocol  who has first gone into hiding has finally escaped from the country last week, one of the State House officials disclosed to DailyGlobeWatch on the condition of anonymity.

    A presidential directive, our source said, to security operatives to scout for and fetch Mr. Jarju did not yield any result and his hiding place in the country prior to his escape remained a top secret.

    Jarju used to be a close aide of President Yahya Jammeh who he confided in so much, relations between the two got strained  when the former became indisposed and asked for leave to fix his health abroad which the president politely declined, a waste of the country's hard earned foreign reserves, DailyGlobeWatch understands. President Jammeh  declined and advised that he seeks medical treatment in the country.

    In another development, Sheikh Sanyang, the State House chef who has been detained and released last week on allegations of trying to kill President Yahya Jammeh via food poisoning has been re-arrested. Rumours on the grapevine say the detained  Chef was only detained based on reports from the President's informants of an ill-conceived attempt to get his food soaked in deadly poison.

    Meanwhile, our reporter has been doing everything possible to raise the former  Chief of Protocols on the phone to verify these stories. DailyGlobeWatch, in line with our investigative style of journalism, shall bring you the details of our findings other things being equal.

     

     

     

     


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  • ECOWAS Parliament urges Liberia to reconsider proposal on becoming Christian state

    21/May/2016 // 3304 Viewers

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia

     

    The ECOWAS Parliament has called on Liberia to reconsider aspects of its constitutional review where proposals have been made to make the country a Christian state.

    Members made the call following the presentation of Liberia’s country report at the parliament’s ongoing 2016 first ordinary session in Abuja on Friday.

    Members noted that the aspect of defining religious differences was a sensitive one and urged that it should put into consideration the consequences of making such decisions.

    Responding, Edwin Snowe, a representative of Liberia said the proposal was subject to amendment.

    “The comments from member states are welcoming but I do not subscribe to Liberia being a Christian state. It has its security concerns.
    “We have coexisted as a secular state over the years, we have lived together as one people.

    “Constitutional reforms come from the people and then it is incumbent upon the leadership to be able to go through those suggestions before putting them up for referendum.
    “It is very unlikely, extremely unlikely that a legislation will pass on such and Liberia becomes a Christian state. It was founded on Christian principles but we respect each other and have lived as one.
     
    “The Inter-Religious Council of Liberia have had major discussions and have spoken against Liberia becoming a Christian state.
    “Yes, it is out, it is before the legislature and I look forward to us denying the passage of such,” he said.

    Liberia seeks to review its constitution and the country’s Constitution Review Committee has held several conferences with proposals for amendments being made by delegates.

    The proposed amendments include the reduction of tenure of the president from six to four years and amendments on laws against dual citizenship, among others.


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  • : Failed coup! Many officers arrested!

    21/Oct/2016 // 6558 Viewers

     

    A coup has just been reported  and military authorities say they have foiled the attempted coup to topple the government, accusing ousted former leader as the mastermind, this news was broken a few minutes ago in a tweet that did not provide details.

    However,  Burkina Faso  local news website  has reported that  that “30 former members of the presidential guard (RSP), who were behind the failed coup in 2015, were planning various actions to destabilise the country”, quoting Interior Minister Simon Compaore. 
    The 30 were fomenting attacks on home soil in an operation that was due to be launched on 8 October, it reports the minister as saying at a press conference.

    He added that the plan was to target the presidential palace and the headquarters of the gendarmerie in the capital, Ouagadougou, and the detention centre where last year’s failed coup leaders were being held.

    They also intended to create a mutiny in the army barracks and launch a rebellion using social media, Mr Compaore added.


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