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Gambia: Adama Barrow to face five others in presidential poll

– – Gambia’s President Adama Barrow is set to face five other candidates in next month’s presidential election due on December 4. It will be the first time Gambians will be voting for a president without ex-leader Yahya Jammeh contesting. The last time he contested, he refused to concede defeat after losing to current President Adama Barrow. Jammeh however was forced to go into exile after external pressure for him to concede defeat and exit power. Other candidates for next month’s polls include Barrow’s former political mentor Ousainou Darboe, 73,…

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Gambia rejects its own citizens deported from Germany

– – Gambia’s government has refused to accept its own citizens deported from Germany. Over 2,000 Gambians who migrated to European countries such as Germany have overstayed their asylum visas. They are now expected to be repatriated to their country but the Gambian government is refusing to let them in. The first batch of Gambian migrants who have exhausted their asylum appeals was to arrive in Gambia’s capital, Banjul on September 1. But a Gambian official from Foreign Ministry told reporters that the government will not take in the deportees. –…

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Gambia: Ex-president Jammeh vows to return from exile

Former President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh who has been in exile since 2017 in the Equatorial Guinea has vowed to return to the country. He is heard in a latest audio telling a member of his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) party of his intention to come back from exile. In February this year there was tension in the Gambia among citizens over Yahya Jammeh‘s reported return from exile. Several media reports suggested at the time that Jammeh has been spotted in Guinea heading to The Gambia. The…

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Gambia: President Barrow officially launches new political party

– – Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has officially launched his National People’s Party (NPP) as he presses on for his re-election bid this year. The party was launched over the weekend as he pushed for support for his candidacy for the presidential election on December 4. He told his supporters in Bakau that the NPP “is the party of all categories, based on the notion of true democratic and patriotic citizenship.” A large crowd of delegates and supporters gathered at the Independence Stadium in Bakau amid the Coronavirus pandemic for…

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Yahya Jammeh supporters demand his return to Gambia

The campaign for the return of Yahya Jammeh to the Gambia is gathering storm despite moves by the Barrow government to prosecute him. The country’s Justice Minister has hinted that the former president must be charged for stealing over $1 billion and the atrocities he allegedly committed whilst in office. But his sympathizers and supporters of his party the APRC are unperturbed as they push for Jammeh’s return to the country. Ousman Rambo Jatta, the Deputy leader of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction announced that Jammeh is coming home in…

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Gambia releases draft constitution for public review

Gambians now have the chance to make input into a draft constitution that is to reform the country’s political system and way of life. On Friday the government released the document to the public for discussions and reviews. This is part of ongoing processes to get Gambia a new post-Jammeh era constitution that gives the country a fresher way of doing things. President Adama Barrow took over from former President Yahya Jammeh in 2017 but the country wants to banish any footprint of Jammeh hoping for new beginning. The current…

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Pictures: How fire destroyed Gambia’s major industrial area

One of Gambia’s major industrial areas outside the capital, Banjul has been destroyed by fire with traders losing millions of dollars’ worth of goods. Many of the traders were left in tears after the fire outbreak which happened on Sunday evening, according to eyewitnesses. Some of the shops that were destroyed by fire. Photo: Facebook/EYE Africa TV Online According to some residents around the industrial area the fire started at a cooking gas store. Firefighters struggled to contain the fire and were only able to finally put it out on…

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Ex-Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh stole $362 million

The Gambian government has said that Ex-Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh stole $362 million from the state during his 22-year rule. The latest revelations were made public by the government in a report following a commission of inquiry into the presidency of Jammeh. The report said millions of dollars were stolen by Jammeh and his associates during his tenure before he exited power in 2017. The extent of theft under Yahya Jammeh was already known months after he left office. But a commission was set up to probe further and recommend…

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Former Gambian President Jawara laid to rest

Former Gambian president Sir Dawda Jawara has been laid to rest after a state funeral at the National Assembly on Thursday. His funeral was attended by thousands of Gambians including the country’s President Adama Barrow. Jawara died on August 27 after a brief illness at the age of 95 at his resident in Fajara. Seven days of mourning was declared in his honour. He was buried at the premises of the national assembly. Jawara’s two wives Lady Chilel Jawara and Njeme Jawara were both in attendance at the funeral. Sir…

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Ex-Gambian President Jawara dies aged 95

Former Gambian President Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara has been reported dead. Jawara passed away on Tuesday at the age of 95 after a short illness. He was born on March 16, 1924 in Barajally in macChatty to Almamy Jawara and Mama Fatty. Jawara studied veterinary medicine at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, and qualified as a veterinary surgeon in 1953. After his return to The Gambia, he became principal veterinary officer of that British colony in 1957. But in 1959 he became interested in politics and later joined the…

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