ECOWAS urges Gnassingbe to resolve Togo crisis

ECOWAS heads of state, following this week’s meeting in Niger, have called on Togo to begin an immediate dialogue on political reforms and curb the rising violence in the small West African nation. President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire said that he and other leaders of the Economic Community of…

Nigeria’s Buhari heads to Niamey for ECOWAS currency meeting

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is headed for Niger to discuss progress on a long-awaited common currency for the region’s West African Monetary Zone (WAMZ). Buhari, along with Minister of Finance Kemi Adeosun and Nigerian Central Bank head Godwin Emefiele, leave Tuesday for Niamey along with other common currency task…

Liberians ready to receive NEC’s provisional election results

Journalists and party officials in Liberia converged on the National Elections Commission (NEC) headquarters in Monrovia on Thursday, waiting to hear any official results from Tuesday’s presidential and legislative elections. Plenty of rumors were making the rounds, including reports that former football star and Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) presidential…

ECOWAS work in The Gambia noted, but Nobel Peace Prize goes to ICAN

The 2017 Nobel Peace Prize is awarded to the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN), the decision-making Norwegian Nobel Committee said Friday. The ICAN was chosen from a field of 318 nominations, the second-highest number of individuals and organizations under consideration ever. Reportedly among them was the Economic Community…

Ghana beefs up border security amid calls for Togo intervention

Ghana is tightening border security following reports that frightened Togolese are trying to leave their small West African nation amid continuing political unrest. Alex Adu, a superintendent with the country’s immigration service, told Ghana News Agency that border control points remained calm but that Ghana – leading among its neighbors…

Gambian elections chief at odds with Jammeh’s stance flees to Senegal

The head of Gambia’s electoral commission has fled the country because of threats to his safety, after certifying December 1 election results that showed President Yahya Jammeh in defeat. Alieu Momarr Njai left the country on Friday for neighboring Senegal, Reuters reports. Jammeh initially accepted the results and congratulated the Gambian opposition…