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African troops on standby as Gambia deadline looms

Banjul - Senegalese troops backed by other African forces were on standby to move into Gambia late Wednesday, as President Yahya Jammeh was given a midnight deadline to stand down or face military action.

Timeline of The Gambia's electoral crisis

Banjul - Here is a timeline of developments since the December election in which President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia lost to opponent Adama Barrow:- Jammeh concedes defeat -- December 1, 2016: Gambians go to the polls to choose their new president from three c...

Gambia's president declares state of emergency

Banjul - Gambia's Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency Tuesday just two days before he was due to step down, as British and Dutch travel agencies scrambled to evacuate thousands of tourists.

Gambia: Jammeh's lawyer asks court to block Barrow's inauguration

Banjul - A lawyer for The Gambia's president has filed an injunction asking the Supreme Court to bar the swearing in of the president-elect this month, as Yahya Jammeh battles on in his attempt to annul his election defeat.

Gambia's Jammeh warns African leaders against interference

Banjul - Gambia's president has warned the international community against interfering in the country's political crisis, on the eve of talks with west African leaders who will urge him to step aside.

Gambia election court ruling delayed for several months

Banjul - The Gambia's chief Supreme Court justice dealt a blow to President Yahya Jammeh's legal challenge against the result of December's election on Tuesday, saying it would not be heard for several months.

African leaders up pressure as Jammeh faces isolation

Banjul - West African leaders announced they would return to The Gambia this week to try and persuade President Yahya Jammeh to step down, but said the use of force remains an option.

Gambia army chief backs president as region watches

Banjul - The Gambia's army chief on Wednesday reaffirmed his loyalty to President Yahya Jammeh, despite the threat of a regional military intervention if the strongman refuses to step down.

Head of Gambia's electoral commission flees to Senegal

Banjul - The head of Gambia's electoral commission has fled to neighbouring Senegal fearing a plot against him, a month after declaring President Yahya Jammeh lost elections following 22 years in power, one of his relatives said.

Gambia president orders electoral commission reopened

Banjul - The Gambia's president ordered the electoral commission building taken over by police on December 13 to reopen on Thursday, saying it had been shut for safety reasons.

Gambians turn back to migration as political impasse drags

Banjul - Ansu Sanyang was ready. Sick of providing so little for his parents and sisters with any work he could find, the young Gambian resolved to take the migrant route through Libya to Europe.

Defiant Gambia president lets the clock run

Banjul - The Gambia faced prolonged political deadlock Wednesday after strongman Yahya Jammeh, defiant despite his election defeat, said he would await a court ruling likely to be long in coming before ceding power.

Gambia's Jammeh: from TV concession to courtroom drama

Banjul - Longtime Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who initially conceded defeat in a December 1 presidential poll, has lodged a Supreme Court case to challenge the result, despite pressure from the international community for him to cede power peacefully.

UN says Gambia's Jammeh must go

Banjul - The UN's west Africa envoy on Wednesday said Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh must step down as soon as his mandate ends in January to allow election winner Adama Barrow to take office.

No deal reached for Gambia impasse

Banjul - Liberia's president said Tuesday no deal has yet been reached by a heavyweight delegation for Yahya Jammeh to transition power to opposition leader Adama Barrow, who was declared the victor of a recent presidential election.

Gambia president-elect demands Jammeh step down 'now'

Banjul - Gambian president-elect Adama Barrow said on Monday longtime leader Yahya Jammeh should leave power immediately after the incumbent president announced he would challenge the election result despite previously accepting defeat.

Gambian leader's election defiance sparks global concern

Banjul - Gambian President-elect Adama Barrow on Saturday called on longtime leader Yahya Jammeh to drop his challenge to last week's election results following a dramatic political U-turn that has prompted fears for the West African country.

Why did Gambia's Yahya Jammeh concede defeat?

Banjul - Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh has ruthlessly pursued opponents real and imaginary, and implied more than once that he would kill anyone who defied him.

Gambia's political transition begins after election shock

Banjul - The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow was to hold talks with his coalition Saturday to plot his transition to power, following a shock election victory that ended the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh.

Yahya Jammeh: devout and erratic leader of The Gambia

Banjul - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, who was defeated in this week's poll, seized power in a 1994 coup and clung to office for 22 years with a blend of severity, mysticism and iron-clad self-belief."No matter what people say about me, I am not moved...
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