Botswana first country to denounce Yahya Jammeh as President of The Gambia

Related imageThe Government of Botswana has officially denounced Yahya Jammeh, as President of The Gambia. A statement issued today, January 19, 2017, said the country will cease to recognize him as President of Gambia with immediate effect.

According to Botswana government, the decision was because Yahya Jammeh has refused to hand power to President-elect Adama Barrow.

‘Following Mr. Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to hand over power to the President-elect Adama Barrow, in accordance with the expressed will of the Gambian people, the Government of Botswana announces that it will no longer recognize Mr. Jammeh as the President of Gambia, together with his Government,” the statement said.

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Whereabouts of Jammeh unknown as West African troops enter Gambia

Hours after new Gambian president, Adama Barrow was sworn into office on Tgursday, the whereabouts of former president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh has remained unknown.

Jammeh disappeared as military forces of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) entered the country from Senegal.

According to resident Abdoulie Bah, long convoys of military vehicles with armed soldiers entered the country through the border town of Karang. Read more

“I am not going to involve my soldiers in a stupid fight” – Gambia army chief

Army chief General Ousman BadjieGambia’s army chief said Wednesday he would not order his men to fight other African troops if they enter Gambian territory, speaking as Senegalese and other troops massed on his nation’s borders.

The Senegalese troops backed by other African forces are on standby to move into The Gambia as President Yahya Jammeh approaches a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action after refusing to leave at the end of his term.

“We are not going to involve ourselves militarily. This is a political dispute,” Chief of Defence Staff Ousman Badjie said, after eating dinner in a tourist district close to the capital, Banjul, eyewitnesses told AFP. Read more

Gambia’s vice-president ‘quits’

Isatou Njie-Saidy, vice president of Gambia, walks into a meeting on the sidelines of a UN-sponsered conference seeking ways to limit the impact of the financial crisis on developing countries in Doha on November 30, 2008Isatou Njie-Saidy, vice president of Gambia, walks into a meeting on the sidelines of a UN-sponsered conference seeking ways to limit the impact of the financial crisis on developing countries in Doha on November 30, 2008The Gambia’s Vice-President Isatou Njie-Saidy resigned yesterday, hours before his mandate expired, the AFP news agency has quoted family sources as saying.

The environment and higher education ministers also quit, the latest of a string of cabinet members to abandon Mr Jammeh following his refusal to step down after more than two decades in office, AFP reports.

Source: BBC

Gambia crisis: Barrow inauguration in Senegal as Jammeh stays put

Adama Barrow - 12 December 2016The man who won The Gambia’s disputed election says he will be sworn in as president at the country’s embassy in neighbouring Senegal.

The message, posted on Adama Barrow’s social media accounts, invited the general public to attend the ceremony. Last-ditch efforts by regional leaders to convince Yahya Jammeh to step down as president failed overnight.

He lost elections last month, but wants the results annulled citing errors in the electoral process.West African military forces are ready to enforce a transfer of power in The Gambia, a popular beach destination among European holidaymakers.

Senegalese troops remain stationed at the Gambian border, despite the deadline for Mr Jammeh to stand down passing at midnight. Read more

Gambian Foreign Minister resigns amid deepening Political crisis

Neneh Macdouall Gaye, the Minister of foreign affairs of the Islamic republic of Gambia has resigned from her position due to the country’s political crisis, with President Yah Yahya Jammeh refusing to step down for president-elect Adama Barrow.

In a letter addressed to the country’s President, Yahya Jammeh, she indicated that:

‘After due deliberation, I am of the conviction that under the prevailing circumstances, I cannot effectively serve as Foreign Minister. I thank you for the opportunity you gave me to serve my country.’  Read more

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