Category Archives: Africa

LATEST: Gambia’s Jammeh offered last chance for peaceful exit before troops advance

By Tim Cocks BANJUL Jan 20 (Reuters) – West African leaders were due in Banjul on Friday morning to offer Gambia’s veteran leader Yahya Jammeh a last chance to step down peacefully before regional forces, which have already entered the country, oust him. Troops from regional bloc ECOWAS, spearheaded by Senegal and Nigeria, crossed into Gambia on Thursday at the

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Al Shabaab executes Ugandan soldier

MOGADISHU. — Somalia’s Islamist al Shabaab militia has executed a Ugandan soldier captured more than a year ago, according to a video released online by the militants and confirmed by their spokesman. Henry Obbo, Uganda’s deputy military spokesman, told Reuters they were not aware of the video posted late on Tuesday. The Ugandan military has previously confirmed that the captive,

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BREAKING NEWS: Gambia MPs extend President Jammeh’s term

Yahya Jammeh The Gambia’s National Assembly has adopted a resolution to allow President Yahya Jammeh to stay in power for three more months, starting from Wednesday, according to state television. Jammeh, who has ruled The Gambia for 22 years, initially acknowledged opponent Adama Barrow as the winner of elections in December, but later rejected the ballot count as flawed and

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How Gambia is testing West Africa’s resolve to protect democracy

The Gambia is an opportunity to reinforce election quality norms for the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). Peter Penar, Michigan State University Yahya Jammeh The 15-member regional group was initially set up as a trading bloc. But it has increasingly pursued an agenda of trying to ensure that countries apply principles of democracy, the rule of law and

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AU to shut door on Jammeh

ADDIS ABABA/BANJUL. – The African Union will cease to recognise Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh as the West African nation’s legitimate president as of January 19, the date he is due to hand power to the winner of a December 1 election, the AU’s Peace and Security Council said.In a statement issued after a meeting in the Ethiopian capital, the council also

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Museveni appoints son senior advisor

President Museveni KAMPALA. — Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has appointed his son to the position of Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations. The appointment is part of sweeping changes that the President in his capacity as Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces announced on Tuesday. The move has however, fuelled speculation that he is grooming his son to be a

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