News - Gambia

Gambian President 'Appoints New Chief Justice'

4 days ago /
International News 

President Adama Barrow has appointed a Gambian lawyer and former UN prosecutor as chief justice of the country's supreme court, ending a series of controversial foreign appointments to the position by exiled former leader Yahya Jammeh, AFP news agency reports.  Hassan Bubacar Jallow has served in the appeals chamber of the...

Gambia Reverses Move To Withdraw From ICC

6 days ago /

The Gambia has officially begun moves to revoke its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, the government has said. The move comes after new President Adama Barrow had promised to abandon the process started by his predecessor Yahya Jammeh last year to remove The Gambia from the Rome Statute. According to a...

Gambia's President Scraps Yayha Jammeh's Four-Day Week

2 weeks ago /
International News 

The Gambia's new president has scrapped the four-day week introduced by his predecessor Yahya Jammeh. In a statement Adama Barrow said that public sector employees would now have to work a half-day on Fridays too. Four years ago, Mr Jammeh had said the country's mainly Muslim population should use Fridays to pray,...

African Union Backs Plan For ICC Withdrawal

2 weeks ago /
International News 

The African Union has backed a plan to push for a collective withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC), which many countries on the continent believe unfairly targets them. But the decision, taken by African leaders during a closed door session at the recent African Union Summit in Ethiopia, is not...

West African Forces Arrest Gambian Army General

2 weeks ago /
International News 

West African forces have arrested a senior Gambian army general and have seized weapons from the private residence of exiled former ruler Yahya Jammeh, force commander Francois Ndiaye has said.  General Bora Colley, the head of an elite commando unit, had been arrested in neighbouring Senegal, he said, without giving details.  Regional...

ICC: Withdrawal Of AU Nations Stalled

3 weeks ago /
International News 

The plan by members of African Union (AU) to collectively withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC) may suffer a setback as Nigeria and some other countries objected the proposal. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Friday in...

Gambia's new President Adama Barrow to return home

3 weeks ago /
International News 

Gambia's new President, Adama Barrow, says he will return to the country on Thursday to assume power - days after his predecessor left. Mr Barrow, who has been staying in neighbouring Senegal, won elections in December. However a handover was stalled when Gambia's president of 22 years, Yahya Jammeh, refused to step...

Adama Barrow Returns To Gambia Thursday

3 weeks ago /
International News 

President Adama Barrow will return to Banjul on Thursday. A tweet by Halifa Sallah, his aide, says that the new Gambian President is expected in Banjul by 4pm. The tweet appears to have settled questions on when the real-estate baron turned politician will assume state functions, after the departure of his...

Gambia's Adama Barrow Names Fatoumata Tambajang As VP

3 weeks ago /
International News 

The Gambia's president, Adama Barrow, has named senior politician Fatoumata Tambajang as deputy leader. The announcement of Tambajang's appointment will be followed by the unveiling of the rest of Barrow's cabinet later on Tuesday, according to presidential spokesperson Halifa Sallah. Tambajang, a former minister and United Nations Development Programme staffer, was the...

Gambia State Of Emergency Lifted

3 weeks ago /
International News 

The Gambia's Parliament has scrapped the state of emergency it imposed last week in a failed bid to help strongman Yahya Jammeh stay in power, from the capital, Banjul.  A member of Mr Jammeh's party apologised for parliament's decision to back the 90-day emergency, which Mr Jammeh declared to prevent Adama...

No Gambian Money Missing, Barrow Spokesman Says

3 weeks ago /
International News 

New Gambian President Adama Barrow’s spokesman has denied that any money is missing from Gambian state coffers following allegations by an adviser to Mr Barrow that about $11m had disappeared. Halifa Sallah told the BBC's Alastair Leithead that The Gambia's central bank and all other banks in the country were "functioning...

Committee Commends ECOWAS For Restoring Democracy In Gambia

3 weeks ago /
Nation 

The Committee For The Protection Of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) has commended the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) for what they say is a restoration of Democracy in The Gambia. The committee revealed this in a statement signed by the Executive Chairman, Nelson Ekujumi, titled: “Kudos To Ecowas For The...

The Gambia 'Missing Millions' After Jammeh Flies Into Exile

4 weeks ago /
International News 

More than $11m (£8.8m) is missing from The Gambia's state coffers following the departure of long-time leader Yahya Jammeh, an adviser to President Adama Barrow has said. Mai Ahmad Fatty said financial experts were trying to evaluate the exact loss. Luxury cars and other items were reportedly loaded on to a Chadian...

ECOWAS Troops Halt Gambia Operation

1 month ago /
International News 

ECOWAS troops halted their march into Gambia Thursday night to give former president Yahya Jammeh, one more last chance to leave Banjul. Jammeh has up till noon to leave, in the new deadline given by ECOWAS, the West African regional bloc. If he fails to do so, the troops under Operation Restore...

Gambia Crisis: Jammeh Given Last Chance To Resign

1 month ago /
International News 

West African leaders have given Yahya Jammeh a final opportunity to relinquish power after Senegalese troops entered Gambia. Mr Jammeh has been given until noon on Friday to leave office or be forced out by UN-backed regional forces. Troops have been told to halt their advance until the deadline passes. The Economic Community...

Ghana To Deploy Troops To The Gambia

1 month ago /
International News 

Ghana will be deploying more than 200 combat troops to support the ECOWAS mission in Gambia.  The spokesperson for the Ghana Armed Forces, Col Aggrey Quashie has confirmed to the BBC that the troops will be deployed in the coming days. An earlier communique issued by Ghana’s presidency indicates that President Akufo-Addo...

UN Security Council To Vote On Gambia Intervention

1 month ago /
International News 

The UN Security Council will vote later today on a draft resolution to support efforts by the West African regional bloc to transfer power in The Gambia to Adama Barrow, AFP news agency reports.  The Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) has prepared a force to intervene in The Gambia...

Adama Barrow: Presidency Of Yahya Jammeh Is Officially Over

1 month ago /
International News 

Adama Barrow, the man expected to be sworn in today as Gambia’s new president,  has declared Alhaji Yahya Jammeh’s era  over. “My dearest Gambians — the presidency of Yahya Jammeh is officially over. The new era of Gambia is here at last“, Barrow wrote on his Twitter handle this morning. Barrow, going...

Nigerian Troops Head For Gambia

1 month ago /
Nation 

Nigeria has confirmed that a warship is heading towards The Gambia as a "training" exercise as regional countries prepared for a possible military intervention, the Associated Press new agency reports. President-elect Adama Barrow, currently in Senegal, is due to be sworn in tomorrow, but President Yahya Jammeh wants the results of...

Yahya Jammeh Declares 3-Month State Of Emergency

1 month ago /
International News 

Outgoing Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has declared a three-month state of emergency, with hours to the inauguration of president-elect Adama Barrow. In a televised address on state TV on Tuesday evening, Jammeh announced that the 90 days state of emergency started from January 17 and will end April 17, 2017. “Under this...


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