Gambia - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Gambia Gambia parliament vote crucial to transition for new leader BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Many Gambians hope to secure a transition from decades of dictatorship to democracy on Thursday as they vote in parliamentary elections, the first since longtime leader Yahya Jammeh flew into exile in January. But some worry the coalition that put new President Adama Barrow in place is already seeing cracks. The National Assembly vot... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:40:00 GMT 2017-04-05T11:40:00Z Gambia police exhume bodies of coup plotters BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Police investigators in Gambia have exhumed the bodies of three men who were killed while taking part in an attempted coup in December 2014. The exhumations are meant to shed light on the circumstances of their deaths and to allow the families to have a proper burial, police said. The action taken by police was reportedly prompted by intelligence receiv... Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:24:00 GMT 2017-04-03T17:24:00Z US surgeons remove 6-pound tumor from Gambian girl's mouth NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Twelve-year-old Janet Sylva of Gambia wants to be a doctor when she grows up, she says with a broad grin — one that surgeons in New York gave back to her after removing from her mouth one of the largest tumors they'd ever seen. The 6-pound benign tumor was about the size of a cantaloupe. It prevented Janet from eating, and her b... Fri, 10 Mar 2017 06:30:00 GMT 2017-03-10T06:30:00Z Gambia's new president commits to end human rights abuses BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — As Gambia enters a new era of democracy, President Adama Barrow has reiterated his commitment to ending human rights abuses in the country. "Orders have already been given for all those detained without trial to be released," he said Saturday before thousands of Gambians who gathered at Independence Stadium Saturday to witness his official inauguration ... Sun, 19 Feb 2017 16:35:00 GMT 2017-02-19T16:35:00Z New Gambian president promises reforms, freedoms BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's new president promised greater freedom, an improved economy and better education as thousands attended a ceremony Saturday marking his inauguration after a tense political standoff with the country's former longtime leader. "This is a victory for democracy. It is a victory for all Gambians," President Adama Barrow said to a ... Sat, 18 Feb 2017 22:45:00 GMT 2017-02-18T22:45:00Z UN: Gambia formally reverses withdrawal from ICC JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The United Nations has formally received Gambia's notice reversing its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, a spokesman said Tuesday. The world body received the letter from the tiny West African nation on Friday, said Farhan Haq, deputy spokesman for the U.N. secretary-general. Gambia was one of three A... Tue, 14 Feb 2017 16:24:00 GMT 2017-02-14T16:24:00Z Gambia will reverse its ICC withdrawal, EU official says DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's new president confirms the West African country will reverse its withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, a European Union official said Thursday. The country's previous ruler began the formal process of withdrawal last year. The EU commissioner for international cooperation and development, Neven Mimica, announced ... Thu, 09 Feb 2017 12:51:00 GMT 2017-02-09T12:51:00Z Gambia's new leader vows overhaul of feared security service BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's new President Adama Barrow promised an overhaul of the country's feared security forces Saturday as he works to rebuild a country that lived under authoritarian rule for more than 22 years. In his first news conference since taking office, Barrow told reporters he also plans to rename the National Intelligence Agency, which ... Sat, 28 Jan 2017 13:04:00 GMT 2017-01-28T13:04:00Z Gambia plans Feb. 18 celebration as new leader arrives home BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Billboards across Gambia's capital are declaring a Feb. 18 ceremony to mark the inauguration of the country's new leader, a day after his triumphant arrival. Hundreds of thousands turned out Thursday to greet President Adama Barrow, a week after he took the oath of office in neighboring Senegal. Longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who clung to power despite lo... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 16:01:00 GMT 2017-01-27T16:01:00Z 10 Things to Know for Friday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. TRUMP SETS OFF CLASH WITH MEXICO OVER TAX PROPOSAL Mexico's president abruptly scraps next week's trip to Washington after the White House proposes a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for a border wall. ... Fri, 27 Jan 2017 02:41:00 GMT 2017-01-27T02:41:00Z Throngs cheer new president's triumphant return to Gambia BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — President Adama Barrow returned triumphantly to Gambia on Thursday, nearly two months after winning an election disputed by the country's longtime dictator, to the cheers of hundreds of thousands who jammed the roads in welcome. "That's my president!" the crowds cried, eager to see Barrow fulfill the promise of democratic reforms and... Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:07:00 GMT 2017-01-26T21:07:00Z Gambia's new president to arrive in the country on Thursday BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's new president finally comes home on Thursday, a week after taking the oath of office outside the country during a whirlwind political crisis that sent the tiny nation's longtime leader into exile. President Adama Barrow is set to arrive Thursday afternoon from neighboring Senegal, where he has waited out the chaos for his sa... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 16:59:00 GMT 2017-01-25T16:59:00Z Gambia's new president, still in Senegal, names female VP BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's new vice president will be a female leader of the opposition coalition that helped bring new President Adama Barrow to power, a presidential spokesman announced Monday, as regional troops continued security sweeps to prepare for Barrow's return to the country he now rules. The appointment of Fatoumata Tambajang as vice presi... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 04:18:00 GMT 2017-01-24T04:18:00Z Gambia's ex-leader made off with millions, luxury cars BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Exiled Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh stole millions of dollars in his final weeks in power, plundering the state coffers and shipping out luxury vehicles by cargo plane, a special adviser for the new president said Sunday. Meanwhile, a regional military force rolled in, greeted by cheers, to secure this tiny West African nation so that ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 22:02:00 GMT 2017-01-22T22:02:00Z Gambia's defeated leader leaves country, ends standoff BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh and his family headed into political exile Saturday night, ending a 22-year reign of fear and a post-election political standoff that threatened to provoke a regional military intervention when he clung to power. As he mounted the stairs to the plane, he turned to the crowd, kissed his Quran and ... Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:07:00 GMT 2017-01-22T00:07:00Z AP INTERVIEW: New Gambia leader to set up truth commission DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's new president Adama Barrow said Saturday that he will launch a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the alleged human rights abuses of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year regime. In an interview with The Associated Press just hours after Jammeh finally acquiesced to political exile, Barrow, 51, said it is too soon to tell w... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 18:44:00 GMT 2017-01-21T18:44:00Z Who is departing Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh? JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Who is defeated Gambian ruler Yahya Jammeh, and how did he spark a political crisis? Jammeh only agreed to step down from power after regional leaders flew in for last-ditch negotiations and a regional military force was poised to swoop in and force him out. Often startlingly outspoken, Jammeh was more diplomatic when he said he would leave power, and Gam... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 15:45:00 GMT 2017-01-21T15:45:00Z AP Interview: New Gambia leader says Jammeh leaving in hours DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's new president says defeated leader Yahya Jammeh is expected to leave for Guinea within hours, and he plans to return home to take power once the situation is "clear." A visibly tired Adama Barrow told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday that he will enter Gambia once a security sweep has been completed. He has been in neighboring Sene... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 14:26:00 GMT 2017-01-21T14:26:00Z Gambia's defeated leader agrees to cede power, leave BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh announced early Saturday he has decided to relinquish power, after hours of last-ditch talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military force to make him leave. "I believe it is not necessary that a single drop of blood be shed," Jammeh said in a brief statement on state televisi... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 02:27:00 GMT 2017-01-21T02:27:00Z The Latest: Defeated Gambia leader says relinquishing power BANJUL, Gambia (AP) — The Latest on Gambia's political crisis, sparked by defeated leader Yahya Jammeh's refusal to leave office (all times local): 1:40 a.m. Gambia's defeated leader Yahya Jammeh says he has decided to relinquish power, after hours of talks with regional leaders and the threat by a regional military ... Sat, 21 Jan 2017 01:40:00 GMT 2017-01-21T01:40:00Z 10 Things to Know for Friday Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Friday: 1. TRUMP READIES FOR HIS BIG MOMENT The president-elect sweeps into Washington on the eve of his inauguration, pledging to unify a nation sorely divided and clamoring for change. 2. NOTORIOUS CARTEL KINGPIN EXTRAD... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 02:03:00 GMT 2017-01-20T02:03:00Z Regional troops enter Gambia in effort to get Jammeh to go DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — A West African regional force charged into neighboring Gambia late Thursday to support the country's newly inaugurated president, while longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh showed no sign of stepping down. The troops moved in shortly after Adama Barrow was inaugurated at Gambia's embassy in neighboring Senegal, after a final effort at diploma... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 22:40:00 GMT 2017-01-19T22:40:00Z UN adopts resolution backing Gambia's new President Barrow UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution Thursday expressing "full support" to Gambia's new President Adama Barrow and calling on ex-leader Yahya Jammeh to step down, condemning "in the strongest terms possible" his attempts to usurp power. In a last-minute revision to the resolution, after Barrow took the oath of ... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 20:30:00 GMT 2017-01-19T20:30:00Z A tale of 2 inaugurations: Trump vs. Gambia's chaos JOHANNESBURG (AP) — One inauguration has been planned for months, with a global spotlight and a Washington setting. The other was announced just hours ahead of time and took place outside the country after weeks of chaos. U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Gambia President-elect Adama Barrow could not be taking power under more dramatically different c... Thu, 19 Jan 2017 17:33:00 GMT 2017-01-19T17:33:00Z Gambia leader, pressured to go, declares state of emergency DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency on Tuesday, just two days before he is supposed to cede power after losing elections last month. The longtime leader is refusing to step down despite international pressure and the threat by other West African nations of a military intervention. The 90-d... Wed, 18 Jan 2017 05:40:00 GMT 2017-01-18T05:40:00Z Gambia president says country must wait for court decision DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's president said late Sunday that he has filed an injunction to restrict president-elect Adama Barrow from taking office Thursday and to bar other parties from swearing the opposition coalition leader in, telling Gambians they must wait for a Supreme Court hearing before he considers stepping down after more than 22 years in power. ... Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:21:00 GMT 2017-01-16T00:21:00Z No deal in talks to persuade Gambian leader to step down DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — No deal was reached Friday in last-ditch attempts by a regional mediation team to persuade Gambia's longtime leader to step down, and while mediation will continue, the inauguration next week of the elected opposition coalition leader will go forward, the spokesman for coalition said. "This crisis has not been solved by these talks,"... Fri, 13 Jan 2017 23:53:00 GMT 2017-01-13T23:53:00Z Nigerian legislators OK offering asylum to Gambia leader LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Nigerian legislators voted Thursday to offer asylum to Gambia's longtime leader, who is refusing to cede power after losing elections and whose mandate expires next week. Legislators confirmed the vote in favor of authorizing Nigeria's leader to offer safe haven to President Yahya Jammeh. On Friday, President Muhammadu Buhari leads a regional delegation... Thu, 12 Jan 2017 17:06:00 GMT 2017-01-12T17:06:00Z Gambia's Jammeh criticizes foreign pressure DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's outgoing president Yahya Jammeh has criticized foreign pressure for him to step down and called on Gambians to wait for a Supreme Court decision to determine the credibility of the Dec. 1 elections that he lost. Jammeh, in a speech late Tuesday night, said Gambians can resolve the crisis without "undue foreign interference."... Wed, 11 Jan 2017 11:59:00 GMT 2017-01-11T11:59:00Z Gambian court delays election decision until next week DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — Gambia's political crisis spun into deeper uncertainty Tuesday as a court delayed the ruling party's challenge to presidential election results until Monday, three days before the declared winner expects to be inaugurated — and the chief justice said the court likely can't sit until May because it's short of judges. Meanwhile, Nigeri... Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:14:00 GMT 2017-01-10T18:14:00Z