Uneasy Gambians wait as ECOWAS heads meet with Jammeh, #Barrow

Uneasy Gambians wait as ECOWAS heads meet with Jammeh, #Barrow

In The Gambia, the political crisis caused by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to accept results of the December 1 elections continued Tuesday, but none of the day’s developments appeared to bring the West African nation any closer to a resolution. A delegation of regional heads of state, including Nigerian President…

Ghana confirms Akufo Addo win as Mahama concedes election

Ghanaian presidential candidate Nana Akufo Addo has said that incumbent President John Dramani Mahama has called to concede, and to congratulate him on his victory in the 2016 Presidential Election. Akufo Addo’s social media message late Friday followed multiple reliable reports of his New Patriotic Party (NPP) victory, and was confirmed…

In Washington, Shoukry discusses Egypt’s ties under Trump leadership

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, visiting in the United States, reaffirmed that his country is optimistic about closer ties to Washington under president-elect Donald Trump’s administration. Shoukry, speaking with PBS News Hour on Monday, said Egypt is hearing “a clear vision” from Trump on the challenges facing the Middle East,…

Inspired Gambian voters turn out to defeat Jammeh, end 22-year rule

On Friday morning, former Gambian diplomat Sidi Sanneh wrote that preparations were underway in Banjul to celebrate coalition presidential candidate Adama Barrow’s historic victory over President Yahya Jammeh. That moment of jubilation is one that many of The Gambia’s 2 million citizens thought they’d never see. It was equally powerful…

Elections in The Gambia: But what happens if Jammeh loses?

It’s been two weeks since Alex Vines, research director at Chatham House and head of its Africa program, delivered his clear-eyed assessment of the December 1 elections in The Gambia: “There is no chance of an upset.” Vines, with years of experience at the top-rated independent foreign policy organization, sees…

Burundi plans protest against UN inquiry on human rights

Demonstrations are planned in Burundi on Saturday to protest a United Nations decision to investigate human rights abuses, after the UN announced this week it had established a Commission of Inquiry. The U.S. Embassy in Bujumbura issued an informational message about marches in the city that are scheduled to begin…