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…

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…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times

The Gambia announces it is next African country to leave ICC

The western African nation of The Gambia announced on Tuesday that it plans to leave the International Criminal Court, just days after South Africa notified the ICC in The Hague of its own intention to withdraw. In a televised statement, The Gambia’s Minister of Information, Communications and Infrastructure announced the…

Gambia: female government workers ordered to cover hair

The Gambia has ordered that all female workers in the government must cover their hair. The memo was released on Monday January 4 detailing that “all female staff within the Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies are no longer allowed to expose their hair during official working hours. “Female staff are…