• Breaking: Tension, trouble brew in The Gambia as Yahya Jammeh rejects election results a week after

    10/Dec/2016 // 1796 Viewers

     

    A week after conceding defeat by his opponent in the presidential election, Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has rejected the result. Citing abnormalities, Jammeh who lost to Adama Borrow of the opposition said he rejected the result after a thorough investigation and called for a fresh exercise.

    “I lament serious and unacceptable abnormalities which have reportedly transpired during the electoral process.

    “I recommend fresh and transparent elections which will be officiated by a God-fearing and independent electoral commission, ” Jammeh said on Saturday in a broadcast according to agency reports.

    The results of the election were revised by the country’s electoral commission on December 5 , when it emerged that the ballots for one area were added incorrectly, swelling Mr Barrow’s vote.

    The error, which also added votes to the other candidates, “has not changed the status quo” of the result, the commission said.

    Responding to Jammeh’s turn around, Barrow accused the incumbent of damaging democracy by refusing to accept the result. His transition team said the president-elect was safe.


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  • : TOEING JAMMEH'S LINE? Anxiety as Ghana's John Mahama says he'd like to continue as President but ....

    10/Dec/2016 // 3876 Viewers

     


    PARIS, DECEMBER 10, 2016: (DGW) There is fear that the President of Ghana,  John Mahama ,may toe Yahya Jammeh's line by ordering a fresh presidential election after conceding defeat as he says he would have liked to continue in office as president had Ghanaians not decided otherwise.

    Outgoing President Mahama was defeated by Akufo-Addo in a hotly-contested election with the former conceding defeat on Friday night after Ghana's electoral umpire declared the latter winner.

    In his congratulatory speech, he dedicated the victory of his closest opponent to the Ghanaian people.

    “A while ago, I phoned Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and offered him my congratulations for emerging the winner of the 2016 presidential elections,” he said.

    “Every election is a hard-fought battle, and this one was no exception. For those of us who choose to be contenders and go into electoral contests, we go about it as a win-lose proposition.

    “As President, I have done my bit and made a contribution to the political, social and economic development of our country. I would have cherished an opportunity to do even more, but I respect the will of the Ghanaian people.

    “I would be remiss if I did not take a moment to express my deepest gratitude to the individuals who have made this journey with me.”

    Mahama assured the people of Ghana of his commitment to the sustenance of the country’s democracy.

    “I would like to assure the people of Ghana of my commitment to the sustenance of our country’s democracy and would work to ensure a smooth and peaceful transition to the incoming administration,” he said.

    “I remain committed to the unity and stability of our great nation. I am profoundly grateful to the almighty God and the people of Ghana for the opportunity to serve in the high office of President.

    “I wish to thank my family: my children, my brothers, and sisters, and especially my wife, Lordina, for standing as firmly with me through the times of challenge and difficulty as they have through the times of achievement and promise. Most importantly, I am grateful to the almighty God who has sustained us through the implementation of the Agenda for Transformation. I am eternally grateful.

    “Ghana, this land that we all call home, is a powerful nation with a history of taking the improbable and making it possible. We have been a leader on so many fronts, not just on this continent but also in the world — from our attainment of independence, to our development of a democracy that maintains at its core a pledge of stability and a respect for the rule of law, to our formation of much-needed peacekeeping and other humanitarian missions for other nations in need.”


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  • JAMMEH risks wrath of the Int. Community as EU, others, wade in, read him the RIOT ACT!

    10/Dec/2016 // 1811 Viewers

     

    PARIS, DECEMBER 10, 2016: (DGW) Defeated President Yahya Jammeh risks the wrath of the international community as the European Union, African Union and others warn of serious consequences if he attempts to consolidate his hold on power after earlier conceding defeat and extending congratulations.

    Also as part of the warning the EU European Union, threatened to impose sanctions on President Jammeh whose Human Rights records has gravely deteriorated.

    Jammeh has been told in no uncertain terms to respect and not  do anything to undermine  the will of The Gambian people as expressed on December 1 presidential election.

    Recall , Jammeh on Friday, December 9, 2016 annulled the presidential election which is believed to have been officially won by his closet rival Adama Barrow.

    Against this background,the EU and AU have urged Yahya Jammeh to respect the rule of law and set up structures for a peaceful transition and handover.

    According to s statement obtained by DailyGlobeWatch from EU spokesperson, Federica Mogheni, “The European Union supports a peaceful and constitutional change of power in full respect of the constitution, as wanted by the majority of the Gambian people. Any attempt to reverse carries the risk of serious consequences.” 

    Also lending a voice is the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development, Neven Mimica restating EU position to see a peaceful transition and handover of power in the West African state adding that it is of great importance that any form of violence being orchestrated by the sudden rejection be avoided.


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  • Gambia Supreme Islamic Council backs country's name change

    10/Feb/2016 // 789 Viewers

                         Momodou Touray, President, Gambia Supreme Islamic Council

    PARIS, FEBRUARY 10, 2016: (DGW) - The Gambia Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) welcomes President Yahya Jammeh's decision to change the country's name to the Islamic Republic of Gambia, Momodou, Touray, the GSIC confirmed to our reporter.
    In a meeting on Tuesday by Gambia's religious leaders, Momodou Touray demanded respect for their religion Islam and above all faith in Allah.
    Speaking further, the religious leaders reminded one and all that Islam is a religion of peace and forbids compulsion in any form. Isam, they said, is a complete way of life which informed their interest and desire to back the president decision for the name change and for the country to become an Islamic state.
    The Muslim organization was founded in 1992; made up of 50 Islamic scholars with headquarters in Serekunda and in fact the leading Muslim organization in the country, DailyGlobeWatch understands.
     
     


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  • GAMBIA: President ADAMA BARROW aligns with NIGERIA, takes major decision, ICD boss lauds decision for re-engagement with Int'l Community

    10/Feb/2017 // 3493 Viewers

     

    The Gambia will not leave the International Criminal Court (ICC), President Adama Barrow has told a top European Union (EU) representative visiting the West African Country.

    Neven Mimica, the EU Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development is in the country as part of efforts to streamline relations with The Gambia.

    He tweeted about Barrow’s position to remain in the ICC contrary to the decision by former President Yahya Jammeh to leave. Jammeh’s government at the time described the ICC as an ‘International Caucasian Court’ that targeted only Africans.

    The Jammeh government started the ICC withdrawal process last year but it takes a year to completely exit according to the Rome Statute. Other African countries that have started withdrawal processes include Burundi and South Africa.

    In a similar vein, Nigeria also says it will not pull out of the International Criminal Court despite the mass withdrawal announced and assented to by many African leaders in the African diplomatic capital of Adis Ababa.


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  • Gambia's minister quits JAMMEH's cabinet - BBC reports

    10/Jan/2017 // 762 Viewers

    Gambia’s Information Minister Sheriff Bojang quits Jammeh’s cabinet

    Gambia’s information minister Sheriff Bojang has resigned to protest President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept defeat in last month’s presidential election, reports say.
    Efforts to contest the results were “an attempt to subvert the express will” of the Gambian people, he said in a statement, Reuters news agency reports.

    State television reported that Mr Bojang had been sacked.

    The UN Security Council has called on President Jammeh to step down.

    He initially accepted that opposition leader Adama Barrow won the election, but then reversed his decision, citing electoral “abnormalities”.

    “The Gambia has decided and we must accept and respect this decision,” Mr Bojang said in his statement. He also spoke to Reuters by phone from neighbouring Senegal.

    In October Sheriff Bojang made headlines when he announced The Gambia’s intention to pull out of the International Criminal Court.

    He described it as “an International Caucasian Court for the persecution and humiliation of people of colour, especially Africans”.

    Yahya Jammeh has ruled The Gambia since taking power in a coup in 1994. He has acquired a reputation as a ruthless leader.

    A trio of West African leaders, including Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari, will travel to the country on Wednesday in a second bid to convince him to accept the results.

    The Gambia has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1965 and regional grouping Ecowas has placed forces on standby in case Mr Jammeh does not step down.

    Last week, the head of The Gambia’s army gave his full backing to the president. - BBC NEWS


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  • GAMBIA: Hearing of election challenge stalled over absence of Nigerian judge overseeing 7-member panel

    10/Jan/2017 // 1348 Viewers

     

    PARIS, JANUARY 10, 2016: (DGW) PETITION filed by outgoing Gambian leader, President Yahya Jammeh seeking annulment of last month's election could not be heard on Monday, January 10, 2016, Chief Justice Emmanuel Fagbenle has disclosed, BBC has reported

    Reason cited is the non-availability of the Nigerian judge due to oversee the seven-member panel.

    As it is, no one knows President-elect's fate after January 18 , the terminal date of Jammeh's tenure.

    Mr Jammeh has so far rebuffed their attempts, saying they have no right to interfere.


    However, West African leaders, led by Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, are due to in the capital, Banjul, on Friday in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to resolve the crisis. The visit was originally scheduled for Wednesday, says the BBC


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  • Gambia: UN Security Council orders JAMMEH to handover to BARROW without delay

    11/Dec/2016 // 2692 Viewers

     

    The UN Security Council has asked outgoing Gambian President, Yahya Jammeh, to carry out a peaceful and orderly transition of power to the President-elect, Adama Barrow.

    In a press statement issued on Saturday, the 15-member Council “strongly condemned the outgoing Gambian President’s rejection of the official election results proclaimed by the country’s Independent Electoral Commission”.

    The Council asked Jammeh “to respect the choice of the sovereign people of Gambia, as he did on December 2, and to transfer, without condition and undue delay, power to the President-elect, Mr. Adama Barrow”.

    It also urged all parties to exercise maximum restraint, refrain from violence and remain calm.

    It requested that the security of Barrow and that of all Gambians be fully ensured.
    The Council also called on the support by the UN Office for West Africa and international partners, especially the ECOWAS, to preserve stability in the Gambia and work towards the installation of a democratically elected government in the country.

    The Council members also commended the Gambian people for the peaceful and transparent conduct of elections on December 2 and expressed their commitment to continue to closely follow the evolution of the situation in the country.

    The Security Council recalled the relevant provisions of Article 23 (4) of the AU Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.

    It further called on Jammeh to respect the ECOWAS protocol on democracy and good governance and the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance, notably the rejection of unconstitutional changes of Government.


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  • : ECOWAS force in Gambia to be reduced to 500 with a 3-month mandate to protect President ADAMA BARROw, gov't machinery

    11/Feb/2017 // 595 Viewers

     

    ECOWAS forces deployed to The Gambia during last month’s efforts to help President Adama Barrow take power will be cut to 500 from 7,000 this month.

    Officials say the gradual scaling down would begin by next weekend.

    The decision comes some weeks after long time President Yahyah Jammeh refused to step down after initially conceding defeat in earlier polls.

    With interventions from regional leaders making less impact, Jammeh finally agreed to go into exile in Equatorial Guinea when the forces entered.

    The remaining force of 500 will have a three-month mandate to protect Adama Barrow and the government machinery.

    In the wake of a security crackdown, Barrow’s government has also announced that the notorious secret police formed by Jammeh, National Intelligence Agency (NIA), would be reformed, and would be given a new name.


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  • GAMBIA: Soldier, Baboucarr Njie, arrested on Friday for sneaking into Mosque with pistol as President Adama Barrow prays

    11/Feb/2017 // 5651 Viewers

     

    Security operatives have arrested a non-duty soldier of The Gambia Armed Forces after he was arrested with a pistol inside the main mosque in Banjul where new President Adama Barrow was performing Friday prayers.

    APA reports that the solider has been identified as Baboucarr Njie who is being interrogated by personnel of the ECOWAS Military in The Gambia (ECOMIG) over his motive for carrying the pistol inside the mosque.

    The incident took place at Banjul’s main King Fahd mosque where the Gambian leader had joined Muslim worshippers for congregational prayers on Friday afternoon.

    Security sources, say ECOMIG are not ruling out foul play.

    Reports quoting eyewitnesses said the suspect was searched by ECOMIG troops as he entered the mosque during which a gun was discovered inside a bag he was carrying.

    It is not known if the gun was loaded.

    Although his motive still remains unclear, he reportedly told his interrogators that he was with the intention of handing the pistol over to President Barrow’s military aide, Massaneh Kinteh who was not at the mosque at the time of the incident.

    Other worshippers who witnessed the incident said President Barrow had left the mosque immediately after the congregational prayers as the suspect was handcuffed and led away.

    It comes days after ECOMIG commanders said they were scaling back the number of foreign intervention troops in the country from 7, 000 to 500, citing an improved security climate following a protracted political crisis sparked by the disputed results of the December 1 election.

    Barrow’s predecessor Yahya Jammeh had refused to concede the election despite his defeat by the former, plunging the country into a nerve-racking political crisis.

    Jammeh, Gambia’s repressive leader since 1994 only bowed to diplomatic pressure and flew into exile last month following threat from the regional grouping ECOWAS to oust him by force.


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