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High stakes as West Africa prepares military action against Gambia’s  Jammeh

January 19, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Abdul-Jalilu Ateku Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 January 2017 In further escalation of the post-election crisis in The Gambia, President Yahya Jammeh declared a state of emergency just a day before his official mandate was due to come to an end (Today, 19th January 2017). The announcement followed reports that a Nigerian warship was deployed off the [Read More]

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How The Gambia is testing West Africa’s resolve to protect democracy

January 18, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 2

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 18 January 2017 On this – the eve of Jammeh’s final day in power, the world waits to see whether he will step down from office tomorrow in line with the country’s constitution and the democratic will of the majority of Gambians who voted against him last [Read More]

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Crisis in The Gambia – ECOWAS must take note – You break it, you own it

January 17, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 3

Saad Barrie Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 January 2017 I have never been a fan of President Yayah Jammeh and wouldn’t lose sleep over his fate. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) must however be warned that “regime change” is a serious business. Going in is the easy part. [Read More]

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President Koroma rallies the faithful as elections in Sierra Leone beckons

January 1, 2017 Abdul Rashid Thomas 5

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 1 January 2017 Speaking in what will be regarded as one of his shortest New Year messages to the people of Sierra Leone, it is clear that this is equally president Koroma’s most important effort at rallying not only his ruling party faithful, but millions of cash [Read More]

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Peace in the Gambia will be costly – but is it worth the expense?

December 30, 2016 Abdul Rashid Thomas 6

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone Telegraph:  30 December 2016 Despite attempts by West African regional heads of state to reason with Jammeh, he remains strong headed in his desire to cling on to power. This is borne out of hubris. We are all victims of our own hubris at times. Some [Read More]

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Charity begins at home – does that include politics?

December 19, 2016 Abdul Rashid Thomas 4

Abdulai Mansaray Sierra Leone Telegraph: 19 December 2016 When President Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh conceded defeat in the recently concluded democratic elections in The Gambia, the world breathed a collective sigh of relief. But it was not the “jovial” and satirical manner in which he declared his acceptance of [Read More]

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Yahya Jammeh’s grand finale – can Ecowas leaders pull him back from the brink?

December 13, 2016 Abdul Rashid Thomas 3

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 13 December 2016 Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nigeria’s Muhammadu Buhari, Sierra Leone’s Ernest Bai Koroma and Ghana’s John Mahama are in Banjul – the capital of The Gambia today, Tuesday, 13th December 2016, to persuade Jammeh to accept the results of the presidential election and stand down [Read More]

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Ghana presidential election upset – out with the old – In with the new as Mahama waves goodbye

December 9, 2016 Abdul Rashid Thomas 0

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 9 December 2016 Ghana’s presidential election results are out. John Mahama is out and Nana Akufo-Addo is in.  Final results from the country’s electoral commission are as follows:  NPP – 5,716,026 (53.85%) and NDC – 4,713,277 (44.40%). (Photo: Mahama). It seems the people of West Africa are [Read More]