• PHOTOS: Adama Barrow reportedly sworn in at THE GAMBIAN EMBASSY in Dakar, Senegal

    19/Jan/2017 // 671 Viewers


    PARIS, JANUARY 19, 2016: (DGW) IF the reports reaching our newsroom here in the French capital of Paris is anything to go by, the Gambia's poll winner, Adama Barrow, has been reportedly sworn in at the Embassy of Gambia in Dakar, Senegal.

    Mr. Adama Barrow clad in white as seen in the photographs below took his oath of office in a short ceremony before a small group of dignitaries and his family.

    Reports, further, say in his capacity as the new 'President' of The Gambia, he would order an intervention force comprising the ECOWAS regional military force to oust Jammeh from power.

    Below are some of the photographs emailed to our newsroom a while ago.

     


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

    20/Dec/2016 // 1236 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 // 18392 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 // 535 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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  • I command the chief of defence staff, officers of high command to demonstrate their loyalty to me - President Adama Barrow

    20/Jan/2017 // 1740 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 17, 2016: (DGW)After being sworn-in in Dakar, Senegal, Adama Barrow, has returned to The Gambia to further claim his mandate.
    Hours after Barrow was sworn in in The Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, Senegal, he has returned home amidst tight security.

    Barrow’s arrival was greeted with loud celebrations in the streets of Banjul, with some excited citizens capturing his return on their mobile devices.

    Speaking after taking oath of office in Dakar, Barrow called on security forces to “demonstrate their loyalty” in a standoff with outgoing President, Yahya Jammeh.

    He said, “From today on, I am the president of the Gambia regardless of whether you voted for me or not.”

    “I command the chief of defence staff and officers of high command to demonstrate their loyalty to me as commander in chief without any delay.

    “I command all members of the armed forces to remain in their barracks, those found wanting or in possession of firearms without my order will be considered rebels.”

    Barrow has been in Senegal for several days at the request of West African leaders until his planned inauguration.


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  • What will Jammeh tell the Mauritanian and Guinean presidents? - Thomas Fessy BBC News, Banjul

    20/Jan/2017 // 2251 Viewers

     

    On the tarmac at the airport in Banjul the red carpet is in place and officials are waiting for the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania to land. 

    Soldiers here are smiling and friendly. 

    Mohamed Ibn Chambas, the UN's regional envoy to West Africa who has repeatedly said that longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh must step down, is here. 

    In the city itself, things remain quiet this morning and shops and businesses are still closed. 

    There is a feeling that the end of the political crisis is close but everybody is anxiously waiting to hear what Mr Jammeh will tell the presidents of Guinea and Mauritania. 

    The head of the Ecowas commission, Marcel de Souza, has suggested Mr Jammeh could be flown to Guinea before deciding on his fate. 

    Interestingly, Mauritania is not a member state of Ecowas and the Guinean president, Alpha Conde, has repeatedly voiced his opposition to a regional military action, arguing that diplomacy should prevail instead.


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  • JUST IN: 45,000 have fled The Gambia - UN

    20/Jan/2017 // 614 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 20, 2016: (DGW) NO fewer than 45,000 Gambians have reportedly fled the country in wake of the political logjam in the country, the UN's refugee agency says.

    Neighbouring Senegal has aid ready for up to 100,000 refugees, UNHCR spokesman Babar Baloch said.

     


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  • EDITORIAL: Gambia severance reveals smarting pettiness from PRC

    20/Mar/2016 // 256 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 // 1954 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 // 1916 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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