Monday 26 June 2017
(APA 06/24/17)
Cabinet ministers in the new Gambian government will declare their assets to the state by July 15, 2017 under a new policy promoting transparency and accountability in public affairs. This was announced in a statement delivered by the director of Communication at the Office of the President in Banjul, Amie Bojang-Sissoho, during a press briefing at the presidency Thursday. She said a new culture of transparency and accountability in The Gambia consists in ministers declaring their self-worth to discourage corruption in government. The decision instructing ministers to declare their assets is in response to widespread public calls for the personal properties of appointed state officials to be made public. The move has been widely hailed...
(APA 06/16/17)
The visiting UN Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances Thursday held a closed door meeting with Gambian President Adama Barrow. The group has been in The Gambia since Sunday to conduct a comprehensive study on the prevention and eradication of enforced disappearances, including issues related to truth, justice and reparation for victims of such violations. Members of the UN working group are expected to meet and hold talks with family members of disappeared relatives with a view to studying their cases. Speaking briefly to journalists at the end of their closed door meeting with President Barrow, the head of the delegation, Ms. Houria Es-Slami said the Gambian leader has indicated his resolve to pursue justice for victims of former...
(APA 06/15/17)
The leader of the opposition Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC), Fabakary Tombong Jatta, has spoken out against “the militarization of Kanilai and other areas in Foni”. “I will urge the government to end the illegal curfew in Kanilai. I have spoken to the people there, and they told me the military has imposed a curfew on the villagers’, Jatta told journalists. It would be recalled that Kanilai, native village of the former president, was recently the scene of...
(APA 06/15/17)
The Gambia has severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf State of Qatar following South Africa, Egypt and Senegal over allegations that the Middle Eastern nation is funding terrorist organizations. According to a news release issued on Thursday by the ministry of foreign affairs, international cooperation and Gambians abroad read on national television on Wednesday night, the Gambia has become the latest country to cut ties with Qatar. Gambia has enjoyed numerous development projects during former president Yahya Jammeh's administration; several...
(APA 06/14/17)
Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has announced he would hold a press conference twice in every six months to inform the citizens on the activities of the government. Emerging from Tuesday's second cabinet meeting, President Adama Barrow took to his Facebook page, writing: “My cabinet agreed to put in place a communications strategy that would guide regular government communication with the public. This will include regular press briefings and I will hold bi-annual news conferences.” Reacting to news of the proposed bi-annual press conferences, the Gambia press union said it was a great and...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(AFP (eng) 06/05/17)
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday joined West African leaders at a summit in Liberia, where they hailed peacekeeping efforts in the region but warned about threats to stability. Netanyahu, who had visited east Africa in July 2016, vowed that they had "no better partner" than his country after he was received by Liberian President and outgoing head of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. "Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is...
(The Point 06/02/17)
The Gambian leader, President Adama Barrow, would leave The Gambia at midday tomorrow, Saturday, to attend the 51st meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Heads of State and Government Summit. The daylong meeting takes place on the 4th June 2017 in Monrovia, Liberia. A press release from the State House said those invited to see the president off are requested to be at the airport half an hour before the scheduled departure for the usual ceremonies.
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/23/17)
Gambian authorities have seized assets including 86 bank accounts and 131 properties linked to former president Yahya Jammeh, an official said on Monday, as an investigation into the veteran ruler's wealth gathers pace. The new government has accused Jammeh of massive fraud including siphoning off public money during his 22-year rule that ended in election defeat and disgraced exile in Equatorial Guinea in January. Jammeh has been out of contact since leaving for exile and his associates no longer respond...
(AfricaNews 05/11/17)
The Gambian government has signed a bilateral agreement with Russia to waive visa for diplomatic passport holders. The agreement signed in Banjul on Friday is meant to strengthen the diplomatic ties between the two countries that dates back to 1965, the foreign ministry said in a statement. Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Cooperation and Gambians Abroad, Ousainou Darbo was optimistic that the free movement between Gambia and Russia will enhance economic cooperation. On his part, Russian Foreign Minister Mickhai Bagnodov, who was on an official visit to the country
(Xinhuanet 04/19/17)
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, and the chairperson of the African Union Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, will convene Wedesday the first UN-AU Annual Conference. The two leaders will look into how to strengthen the partnership between the two organizations to face common challenges and opportunities in the continent, on issues of peace and security, sustainable development and human rights, said Stephane Dujarric, UN spokesman, at a daily briefing. "They will also sign the Joint United Nations-African Union Framework for an Enhanced...
(AFP (eng) 04/07/17)
The Gambia's longtime opposition won an absolute majority in parliamentary elections, easily defeating the party of ousted leader Yahya Jammeh, results announced Friday showed. Official results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) showed the United Democratic Party (UDP) won 31 of the 53 available elected seats in the country's National Assembly. "(I) hereby declare the final results as follows: UDP won 31 seats; APRC (Jammeh's party) won five seats," IEC chairman Alieu Momar Njie declared at the commission headquarters...
(AFP (eng) 04/06/17)
Gambians voted Thursday in the first ballot since longtime leader Yahya Jammeh left power, electing lawmakers who could make or break a raft of reforms promised by the new president. More than 880,000 Gambians were eligible to vote before polls close at 5:00 pm, with many relishing the chance to express their opinion after 22 years under Jammeh, though turnout was reportedly low. "The only way Gambians can consolidate our newfound democracy is for people to ensure they elect competent...
(AFP (eng) 04/06/17)
Wrap Gambia | vote | politics Banjul, Gambia | AFP | Thursday 4/6/2017 - 07:44 UTC+3 | 572 words by Jennifer O'Mahony and Emil Touray Gambians head to the polls on Thursday for the first time since the departure of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh, with multiple parties poised to enter parliament after 22 years of effective one-party rule. Several opposition parties united to form a coalition in December to oust Jammeh from power and deliver flagbearer Adama Barrow to victory...
(BBC News Africa 04/06/17)
Gambians have begun voting for members of their one-chamber parliament in the the first polls since Yahya Jammeh left power after more than 22 years. Under Mr Jammeh, the National Assembly was frequently ignored as the president enacted executive decrees without consultation. Expectations are high that under the new president, Adama Barrow, parliament will play a key part in lawmaking. Mr Barrow has pledged to carry out political, security and media reforms. As part of his proposed reforms, he is...
(Bloomberg 04/05/17)
Gambians choose a new parliament Thursday in a vote that will likely give new authority to an assembly that was dominated for more than two decades by Yahya Jammeh, the former dictator ousted by West African troops in January. The vote will see 239 candidates from political parties that include the United Democratic Party led by President Adama Barrow, vying for 53 seats in the nation’s national assembly. “These first elections post-Jammeh will cement the country’s democratic transition,” Adeline Van...
(AFP (eng) 04/04/17)
The Gambia holds its first election Thursday since the downfall of longtime leader Yahya Jammeh, with expectations high that new lawmakers will overhaul a national assembly once derided as a mere rubberstamp. Gambians complain that under Jammeh, who ruled for 22 years, laws were often made by executive decree and buttressed by legislation much later on, if at all. The 239 registered candidates representing nine different political parties on Tuesday end campaigning for the 48 seats up for election in the Banjul legislature. Five seats are also appointed by the president, totalling 53 spots
(Reuters (Eng) 03/24/17)
Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents. Justice Minister Abubacarr Tambadou said in a statement the government will also probe the finances of Jammeh, who fled into exile in January to Equatorial Guinea after a rule that began in 1994 when he seized power in a coup. Jammeh lost an election in...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/23/17)
N'DJAMENA French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen pledged on Wednesday to break with her country's decades-old relationship with Africa known as "Francafrique" and abolish the CFA franc currency policy that binds Paris and its former colonies. Francafrique describes an informal web of relationships Paris has maintained with its former African colonies and its support, sometimes in the form of military backing, for politicians who favor French business interests. Le Pen, one of the frontrunners in the presidential election, spoke...

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