Gambia Dictator Yahya Jammeh Finally Ousted

Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh flew out of the capital Banjul on Saturday and into exile after stepping down from power following a weeks-long standoff with President Adama Barrow, who won the country’s elections in early December. Jammeh took off in an … Continued

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Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh flew out of the capital Banjul on Saturday and into exile after stepping down from power following a weeks-long standoff with President Adama Barrow, who won the country’s elections in early December. Jammeh took off in an unmarked plane heading for an unspecified destination, seen off by a delegation of dignitaries and soldiers. Jammeh had arrived at the airport in the capital Banjul on Saturday in the company of mediator Alpha Conde. Jammeh, who took power in 1994 and stepped down overnight in the face of growing pressure from West African armies. Prior to the prospect of an invasion, Jammeh refused to recognise he lost an election to Barrow on December 1. At least 46,000 people have fled Gambia for Senegal since the start of the crisis fearing unrest, the UN’s refugee agency UNHCR said, citing Senegalese government figures. The West African regional bloc, ECOWAS, pledged to remove Jammeh by force if he did not step down. The group assembled a multinational military force including tanks that rolled into Gambia on Thursday. The force moved in after Barrow’s inauguration and a unanimous vote by the UN Security Council supporting the regional efforts. Speaking to the Associated Press on Saturday, Barrow urged caution after an online petition called for Jammeh to be arrested, and not be granted asylum. The new president said he favours launching a “truth and reconciliation commission” to investigate possible crimes by Jammeh. Barrow has been in Senegal for his safety during a political standoff that came to the brink of a regional military intervention. Under heavy security, Barrow took the presidential oath of office Thursday at Gambia’s embassy in Dakar, with the backing of the international community. Jammeh announced his intention to leave the country on Friday. “I have decided in good conscience to relinquish the mantle of leadership of this great nation,” Jammeh said. Human rights activists demanded that Jammeh be held accountable for alleged abuses, including torture and detention of opponents. It was those concerns about prosecution that led Jammeh to challenge the election results. Barrow said he will return to his homeland after the outgoing president leaves and once a security sweep has been completed. “It is not yet confirmed information, but reliable sources say he’ll be leaving today,” Barrow told AP. “We believe he’ll go to Guinea, but we are yet to confirm 100 percent, but that’s what we believe.” Source: Al Jazeera The post Gambia Dictator Yahya Jammeh Finally Ousted appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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Women March Against Trump in Cape Town

[GroundUp] Hundreds of people, mostly women, gathered at the South African Museum in Cape Town on Saturday. They marched through the Company’s Garden to the front entrance to Parliament holding placards with signs like “A woman’s place is in the revolu…

[GroundUp] Hundreds of people, mostly women, gathered at the South African Museum in Cape Town on Saturday. They marched through the Company's Garden to the front entrance to Parliament holding placards with signs like "A woman's place is in the revolution","Well-behaved women seldom make history" and "It's time for women to stop being politely angry".

source: AllAfrica News: South Africa

Cranes Reach End of Afcon Road

[Independent (Kampala)] Egypt ended Uganda’s run at AFCON 2017, scoring in the 88th minute. Uganda, back at the African Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 1978, can not advance as Ghana and Egypt have 6 and 4 points already.

[Independent (Kampala)] Egypt ended Uganda's run at AFCON 2017, scoring in the 88th minute. Uganda, back at the African Cup of Nations finals for the first time since 1978, can not advance as Ghana and Egypt have 6 and 4 points already.

source: AllAfrica News: Egypt

Burundi Troops to Remain in Somalia, Payments Resume

[East African] Burundi has “rescinded” the withdrawal of its troops from the peacekeeping mission in Somalia, after African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Smail Chergui signed an agreement on payments with the government.

[East African] Burundi has "rescinded" the withdrawal of its troops from the peacekeeping mission in Somalia, after African Union Peace and Security Commissioner Smail Chergui signed an agreement on payments with the government.

source: AllAfrica News: Somalia

Fear of Rebels’ Return Fuels Tensions

[East African] The reported re-emergence of M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could present a security problem for President Joseph Kabila, who is currently facing political resistance. There are fears that the rebel insurgents could u…

[East African] The reported re-emergence of M23 rebels in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo could present a security problem for President Joseph Kabila, who is currently facing political resistance. There are fears that the rebel insurgents could unleash chaos in the already fragile east of the country.

source: AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa

Sanctions Lifted, but Is Sudan Out of the Woods?

[East African] Three years ago, President Omar al-Bashir’s administration changed its style of engaging the United States from constant public censure — mainly in solidarity with Arab states — to behind-the-scenes diplomacy.This change of tack bore f…

[East African] Three years ago, President Omar al-Bashir's administration changed its style of engaging the United States from constant public censure -- mainly in solidarity with Arab states -- to behind-the-scenes diplomacy.This change of tack bore fruit on January 13, when former former US president Barack Obama issued an executive order partially lifting sanctions that were imposed on Sudan in 1997 for alleged association with terrorist organisations.

source: AllAfrica News: South Sudan

How the Media Exposed East Africa’s Worst Famine

[East African] Over lunch, I told John Amos (a famous African-American Hollywood actor) what I knew about the Turkana people (of northern Kenya) and about their never-ending struggle for survival in some of the harshest and most inhospitable terrain on…

[East African] Over lunch, I told John Amos (a famous African-American Hollywood actor) what I knew about the Turkana people (of northern Kenya) and about their never-ending struggle for survival in some of the harshest and most inhospitable terrain on the face of the earth. I told him about how the Turkana and their suffering had been ignored by successive governments since Independence, just as in colonial times.

source: AllAfrica News: Kenya

Top Army Officer Attacks Military Chiefs

[Premium Times] Angered by what he described as the inability of the military to provide the needed weapons and equipment to defeat the Boko Haram terror sect, and the recent ease at which insurgents were killing senior army officers, a top infantry co…

[Premium Times] Angered by what he described as the inability of the military to provide the needed weapons and equipment to defeat the Boko Haram terror sect, and the recent ease at which insurgents were killing senior army officers, a top infantry commander has described the country's service chiefs as "Nollywood actors".

source: AllAfrica News: Nigeria