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What hinders the smooth transfer of power in Africa?

After 22 years in power, Yahya Jammeh has left Gambia. The former president flew into exile heading for Equatorial Guinea. He’d refused to step down for weeks after losing the presidential election to Adama Barrow last month. The standoff caused neighbouring countries in West Africa to send in troops, threatening...

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Gambia: A lesson for African dictators

Soon after the peaceful transition of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump in the US, Gambia’s crisis was also resolved without a single gunshot. The embattled President Yahya Jammeh appeared on national TV announcing his decision “to relinquish the mantle of leadership”. Jammeh’s decision to step down was not...

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Gambia crisis ends as Jammeh leaves for exile

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...

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Adama Barrow pledges truth commission over Yahya Jammeh

Gambia’s incoming president said he favours launching a “truth and reconciliation commission” to investigate possible crimes committed by the outgoing leader of 22 years. Speaking to the Associated Press on Saturday, Adama Barrow urged caution after an online petition called for Yahya Jammeh to be arrested, and not be granted...

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Gambia's Yahya Jammeh 'agrees to step down'

Gambia’s new president has said that Yahya Jammeh, who ruled the country for 22 years and refused for weeks to step down after losing the recent election, has finally “agreed to leave”. Writing on Twitter on Friday, Adama Barrow said Jammeh would also leave the country. “I would like to...

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Guterres: Thousands of child soldiers fight in Somalia

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed alarm at reports that children may constitute a large part of the force recruited and used by the armed al-Shabab group in Somalia. In a report to the Security Council circulated this week, the UN chief said al-Shabab used children in combat, with nine-year-olds reportedly taught to...

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Gambia: Yahya Jammeh gets a final deadline to step down

West African leaders have given Yahya Jammeh, who lost elections last month, until midday on Friday to hand over power and agree to leave the Gambia or face military action carried out by the regional bloc ECOWAS. West African troops entered the country to bolster its new President Adama Barrow...

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Adama Barrow sworn in as Gambia's president in Senegal

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has taken the oath of office in neighbouring Senegal, calling for international support as troops from regional forces entered the small West African country to ensure he assumes power.  Longtime ruler Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup, has refused to step down despite...

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