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Saturday, September 10, 2016

Gambia's UDP party names presidential candidate

Gambia’s largest opposition party has named its candidate to challenge longtime President Yahya Jammeh in December’s presidential elections.
United Democratic Party candidate Adama Barrow accepted the nomination Thursday, saying the people of this West African country are yearning for change.

Gambia’s first female presidential candidate calls on Jammeh ‘to go’

Gambia’s first-ever female presidential candidate on Friday said it was time for President Yahya Jammeh “to go”, promising to rejoin the Commonwealth community and set the country on a path to prosperity.Isatou Touray, a development expert and campaigner against female genital mutilation, railed against the “lavish” lifestyle she said Jammeh enjoyed while ruling one of Africa’s poorest nations, and accused him of sowing division between communities.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

US-Based Gambian Activist Begins Jail Sentence For Gambia Coup Plot

A Gambian activist has begun serving time in an American jail for  his involvement in the December 2014 ill-fated plot to overthrow the Gambian regime of President Yahya Jammeh.
Banka Manneh, a US resident who is chairman of the Gambia Civil Society Associations,  was  sentenced in May to six-months in prison by a court in Minnesota for aiding and abetting in preparation of the failed coup.  He was also given three years probation and US$200 fine.
Three other US-based Cherno Njie, Papa Faal, Banka Manneh and Alagie Saidy Barrow were also convicted by the same court after they pleaded guilty to conspiracy to violate the Neutrality Act and conspiracy to possess a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.

U.N. rights chief deplores Gambia opposition detainee death

The U.N. rights chief on Tuesday deplored the death of an opposition party member while in custody in Gambia, urging the authorities to investigate his death along with allegations that detainees are refused medical care.

Jailed Gambia opposition official dies in hospital

A detained official from Gambia's main opposition movement died in hospital over the weekend, his United Democratic Party said, its second member to lose their life in custody since the start of a crackdown on protests.
Solo Krummah was arrested with 14 others on May 9 during rallies calling for electoral reform, and died on Saturday after an operation at the Edward Francis's Small Teaching Hospital in the capital Banjul, the UDP said.
His family had not authorized any operation and there were no details on what the treatment involved or how he died, the party added in a statement.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

ECOWAS dismisses Jammeh's complaint

Yaya Jammeh's compliant to ECOWAS on the Gambia - Senegal border closure that is now on its 12th week has been dismissed outright because Gambia's non-observance of existing conventions, protocols and bi-lateral agreements.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

CAF Fines Gambia for unsporting behavior

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) has imposed a fine 5,000 USD on the Gambia for the ‘unsporting and offensive behavior’ of Gambian home fans during the Gambia VS Mauritania second leg qualifier played on Tuesday March 29th at the Independence Stadium in Bakau.