22.1.17

Gâmbia: Exílio na Guiné Equatorial

La Comunidad Económica de Estados de África Occidental, la Unión Africana y Naciones Unidas han pedido al nuevo Gobierno gambiano que respete la integridad y los derechos del ex presidente Yahya Jamé tras su problemática salida del poder, según una declaración conjunta que anima a las nuevas autoridades a "iniciar un proceso de reconciliación nacional para cimentar la cohesión social".

En la declaración, publicada este sábado, las tres organizaciones valoran positivamente la "pacífica transición de poder" en el país africano sin hacer mención a la dilación exhibida por el ex dirigente, que intentó prolongar su mandato tras negarse a reconocer su derrota electoral, a pesar de las críticas en pleno de rivales y comunidad internacional.
Así, tanto la CEDEAO como la Unión Africana y la ONU "aplauden la buena voluntad y el sentido de estado" exhibidos por Jamé "para preservar la paz, estabilidad y seguridad de Gambia", así como "su decisión de facilitar una transición pacífica y ordenada, de acuerdo con la constitución".
Las tres organizaciones piden al Gobierno gambiano, en este sentido, "que garantice la dignidad, el respeto, la seguridad y los derechos del ex presidente", y que tome las medidas necesarias para "asegurarse de que no comienza una campaña de intimidación, acoso o caza de brujas contra los antiguos miembros del régimen de Jamé o sus simpatizantes".
Jamé se encuentra ahora en Guinea Ecuatorial tras 22 años de un mandato marcado por múltiples acusaciones de abusos contra los Derechos Humanos, así como de torturas y asesinatos. A pesar de la victoria de Barrow en los comicios, Jamé rechazó la declaracion de la Comisión electoral y recurrió al Tribunal Supremo, iniciando una campaña de desgaste que solo terminó cuando el Ejército le retiró su apoyo el pasado viernes. Para entonces, Jamé había disuelto el Gobierno.
Aunque ni la CEDEAO, ni la UA ni Naciones Unidas sabían que Jamé tenía previsto exiliarse en Guinea Ecuatorial, las declaración pide al Gobierno gambiano que se abstenga de tomar represalias contra "cualquier país que proporcione hospitalidad africana al ex presidente y a su familia", y conceden que Jamé "tiene libertad para regresar a Gambia en cualquier momento como ciudadano de este país y antiguo jefe de Estado".

21.1.17

Gâmbia: Rumo a Malabo?

Après  sa déclaration officielle à la télévision nationale la nuit dernière, le président sortant Yahya Jammeh attendrait en ce moment à Banjul le vol devant le conduire à sa nouvelle destination qui serait probablement, Malabo, la capitale de la Guinée Equatoriale, vient d’apprendre Guinéenews des sources proches de la médiation menée par les présidents Alpha Condé de la Guinée et Abdel Aziz de la Mauritanie.
 
Selon nos informations, le pays du président Teodoro Obiang Nguema MBasogo aurait accepté d’offrir l’asile au désormais ex-président de la Gambie, le Cheikh Professeur Alhaji Dr. Yahya AJJ Jammeh Nasirul Deen Babili Mansa.
Pour sa part, le numéro un guinéen, Alpha Condé serait toujours en place à Banjul  dans l'attente de l'avion qui doit venir chercher l’enfant de Kanilaï pour Malabo, nous indique une de nos sources avant de préciser que ce dernier acte constituerait l’une des dernières conditions posées par les médiateurs à fin d'assurer une prise de fonction effective du président élu, Adama Barrow, investi le 19 janvier dernier à l’Ambassade de la Gambie à Dakar.
Aux dernières nouvelles, le président Jammeh, pour des raisons de logistiques, ferait escale d'abord à Conakry où il est incessament attendu en compagnie du président Alpha Condé avant de mettre le cap sur Malabo, capitale de la Guinée Equatoriale,  nous rapportent nos sources.  
Par ailleurs, faut-il rappeler que beaucoup d'autres noms de pays ont circulé depuis ce samedi matin dans la presse et dans les chancelleries comme étant de possibles destinations de l'ancien homme fort de Banjul. Parmi eux, il y a la Guinée, la Mauritanie, le Maroc ou encore le Qatar.
  (Notícias da imprensa guineense)

Gâmbia: Uma lição para a África Ocidental


Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has accepted to step down from power in order to stop military invasion of his country by West African forces. The regional forces invaded the Gambia to remove Jammeh following his refusal to cede power to president-elect Adama Barrow.
Douglas Degroot, with the Executive Intelligence Review from Leesburg, says Jammeh’s acceptance to relinquish power is a major step to avoid further conflict and bloodshed in West Africa.
The decision by Jammeh to step down from power is “a very positive development for all of West Africa,” because the situation in the whole region could have turned into turmoil, Degroot told Press TV’s Top 5 on Friday night.
He argued that the peaceful settlement of the politician chaos in the Gambia stops at least one dilemma in the “nasty situation of West Africa,” which has been already involved in fighting terrorism in Nigeria and Mali.
There have been reports that “some of Charles Taylor [former president of Liberia] mercenaries from the Liberian civil war period were possibly going to get involved” in the election crisis of the Gambia, he stated.
He touched upon the impact of regional pressure on the longtime president, noting, “Jammeh finally got the message that this (refusal to cede power)  just is not going to be tolerated” by the regional powers.
Countries like Senegal, Nigeria, Liberia and Ghana threatened the Gambian president that if he refuses to accept his defeat in the election and relinquish power, they would bring him down to make sure President-elect Adama Barrow would take office.
Jammeh found himself very “isolated” when other nations in West Africa signaled their support for the president-elect and urged the long-time president to step down, he said.
Jammeh, who lost the vote by a slim margin to Barrow, first accepted the defeat in December’s election but then changed his mind and said there were irregularities in a recount.

Gâmbia: Libertem os prisioneiros!

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- Gambia's new president Adama Barrow said Saturday that he will launch a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the alleged human rights abuses of Yahya Jammeh's 22-year regime.
In an interview with The Associated Press just hours after Jammeh finally acquiesced to political exile, Barrow, 51, said it is too soon to tell whether the former president could face trial at the International Criminal Court or elsewhere.
"We aren't talking about prosecution here. We are talking about getting a truth and reconciliation commission," he said. "Before you can act, you have to get the truth, to get the facts together."
The exact terms of Jammeh's departure remained under wraps Saturday apart from his destination: Guinea.
"What is fundamental here is he will live in a foreign country as of now," said Barrow, visibly tired and wearing a powder blue traditional West African boubou robe and white leather slip-on shoes.
It's been a chaotic and tragic week for the new Gambian leader, who is being protected by heavily armed guards at a private residence in an upscale Dakar neighborhood equipped with its own metal detector.
A funeral was held Monday for Barrow's 7-year-old son, Habib, who was fatally mauled by a dog. Barrow did not attend because he was advised not to return to Banjul for fear that the Jammeh regime would threaten him. On Thursday, Barrow, a former businessman and real estate developer, was sworn into office at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar as hundreds of exiled Gambians cheered and waved flags outside.
In his inaugural address, Barrow vowed "a new start" for Gambia promised to expand the country's democratic gains. Although officially elected to a five-year term, Barrow has said would serve only three years with a goal of repairing Gambia's democracy before making the way for new leadership. That is in pointed contrast to Jammeh's long rule, and the many other African leaders who stay in office for lengthy periods.
Barrow also has said he would prioritize reviving the stagnant economy of the tiny West African country, which has a population of 1.9 million. He also said he would improve Gambia's relationships with the international community, rejoin the Commonwealth of former British-ruled states and the International Criminal Court.
Barrow has stayed in Senegal throughout the prolonged negotiations needed to arrange Jammeh's departure. He attended Friday prayers at a mosque with Senegalese President Macky Sall.
The fears for Barrow's security were because Jammeh has long been accused by human rights groups of heading a government that tortured opponents and silenced dissent. Many Gambians have been arbitrarily detained for years, often without access to family members or lawyers. Some people have effectively disappeared, but families cling to hope that they may still be alive, say human rights activists.
Senegal has welcomed tens of thousands of fleeing Gambians over the years. Barrow has vowed to free all political prisoners and is urging those here in Dakar and elsewhere to return to Gambia and help him reform the country long beset by dictatorship and corruption.
He already has issued a message that "the rule of fear has been vanished from the Gambia for good."
"Today is a very, very important day for Gambia," he said Saturday. "Twenty-two years is a long period, and Gambians this time they are united to make this change."
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Gâmbia: O povo é quem mais ordena

Joint statement by the High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini and the Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica on the latest developments in The Gambia
                  

Today the will of the Gambian people is being respected and the way for President Adama Barrow cleared. The positive and peaceful outcome of the post-electoral stalemate in The Gambia is the result of extraordinary regional and international coordinated efforts with ECOWAS in the lead.

We confirm our full support to President Barrow and reaffirm the European Union's readiness to assist The Gambia and its people.

20.1.17

Gâmbia: Jammeh encostado à parede

DAKAR Jan 20 (Reuters) - West African forces that entered Gambia as part of an operation to force the country's veteran leader Yahya Jammeh to step aside will wait for mediation talks to finish before resuming their advance, a Senegalese presidential source said on Friday.
Guinea's President Alpha Conde and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz have headed to Gambia to urge Jammeh to quit peacefully after he lost an election."So long as Conde and Aziz are there we will not resume hostilities," the source said.Regional body ECOWAS had previously set noon as a deadline for Jammeh to leave power. (Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by Emma Farge; Editing by Gareth Jones)

19.1.17

Gâmbia: Barrow tomou posse

DAKAR, Senegal (AP) -- A new Gambian president has been sworn into office in neighboring Senegal, while Gambia's defeated longtime ruler refuses to step down from power, deepening a political crisis in the tiny West African country.
Adama Barrow was inaugurated Thursday in a hastily arranged ceremony at Gambia's embassy in Senegal. The small embassy room held about 40 people, including Senegal's prime minister and the head of Gambia's electoral commission.
A jumbo TV screen broadcast the swearing in ceremony to several hundred watching outside the embassy
Also at the event were officials from West Africa's regional bloc, ECOWAS, which is threatening to invade Gambia to force outgoing president Yahya Jammeh to step down.
The U.N. Security Council was set to vote later Thursday on a draft resolution endorsing the West African regional force's efforts to remove Jammeh.
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