Monday, 23 January 2017

President Adama Barrow Returns To The Gambia Today

President Adama Barrow has said he would return to The Gambia on Monday.
Barrow confirmed this on his twitter handle, @adama_barrow, on Sunday.
He said: “I will be returning to my homeland, the Republic of The Gambia tomorrow. #Gambia.”
Barrow, who took the oath of office in the Gambian Embassy in Senegal on Thursday, has assured citizens who fled that “they now have the liberty to return home”.
He succeeded Yahya Jammeh, who lost in the Dec. 1 presidential election and refused to vacate office when his 22-year rule expired midnight on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the ECOWAS, African Union and UN have said they would work with the new Gambian government to ensure that former President Jammeh was at liberty to return to the country when he wanted.
The former president left Banjul on Saturday to go into exile after he was pressurised by the ECOWAS to rescind his earlier decision not to accept the outcome of Dec. 1 presidential election, which saw him losing to the opposition candidate, Adama Barrow.
Jammeh’s return would be in accordance with international human rights law and his rights as a citizen and a former head of state, they stated in a joint declaration in Banjul.
They commended the “goodwill and statesmanship” of the former president for facilitating “an immediate peaceful and orderly transition process and transfer of power to President Adama Barrow in accordance with the Gambian constitution”.
They also commended him for his interest in the Gambian people and preserving the peace, stability and security in the country.
The declaration stated that Jammeh’s departure from The Gambia on Saturday was temporary adding that it was in order to assist a peaceful and orderly transition and transfer of power and the establishment of a new government.
The blocs noted that his leaving was without any prejudice to his rights as a citizen, a former president and a political party leader.
They further assured that host countries that would offer “African hospitality” to the former president and his family do not become undue targets of harassment, intimidation and all other pressures and sanctions.
They also committed to work with the current government to prevent the seizure of assets and property lawfully belonging to Jammeh or his family and those of his cabinet members, government officials and party supporters.
“Further, ECOWAS, the AU and the UN commit to work with the Government of The Gambia to ensure that it fully guarantees, assures and ensures the dignity, security, safety and rights of former President Jammeh’s immediate family, cabinet members, government officials, Security Officials and party supporters and loyalists.
“ECOWAS, the AU and the UN urge the Government of The Gambia to take all necessary measures to assure and ensure that there is no intimidation, harassment and/or witch-hunting of former regime members and supporters, in conformity with the Constitution and other laws of The Gambia,” they stated.
The regional organisations said they would work with the government on national reconciliation to “avoid any recriminations”.
They also assured that they would take all measures to support the maintenance of the integrity of the security forces and guard against all measures that would create division and a breakdown of order.
“Pursuant to this declaration, ECOWAS will halt any military operations in The Gambia and will continue to pursue peaceful and political resolution of the crisis.”

Saturday, 21 January 2017

IN PICTURES: The Inauguration of President Donald J. Trump

US President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania leave St. John's Episcopal Church on January 20, 2017, before Trump's inauguration

On January 20, 2017, the peaceful transfer of American power took place in Washington, DC, as the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama passed the office to President-elect Donald J. Trump. Hundreds of thousands attended the ceremony, gathering in the National Mall to hear the swearing in and Trump’s inaugural address, while groups of protesters clashed with police in some of Washington’s streets. President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and their wives then bid farewell to former President Obama and his wife, as the Obamas headed to Air Force One for one last flight.
President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama welcome President-elect Donald Trump and his wife Melania to the White House on January 20, 2017
Former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton arrive on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017.

President Barack Obama arrives on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017, for the inauguration ceremony of Donald J. Trump.


Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush arrive for the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017. 


Inside the the U.S. Capitol Building, former first lady Rosalynn Carter and former President Jimmy Carter arrive on January 20, 2017 for today's inauguration ceremony


From left, First Lady Melania Trump, President Donald Trump,former President Barack Obama, and former First Lady Michelle Obama at the US Capitol after inauguration ceremonies, on January 20, 2017
Former President Barack Obama waves as he departs the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017.
President Donald Trump delivers his inaugural address on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wait with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama before their departure from the US Capitol after Trump's inauguration ceremonies on January 20, 2017.
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump wait with former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama before their departure from the US Capitol after Trump's inauguration ceremonies on January 20, 2017
Members of the public protect themselves from the rain in front of the Capitol on January 20, 2017
Elect Donald Trump arrives on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC. In today's inauguration ceremony Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States.

The Capitol Building is illuminated against the sunrise before the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.

Young members of the National Cathedral Choir wait below the Capitol dome in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017, before the swearing-in ceremony of President-elect Donald Trump

People gather on the National Mall on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017.

President Barack Obama places a letter on his desk before he departs the Oval Office for the final time as sitting president, at the White House, on January 20, 2017.
Trump acknowledges the audience as his wife Melania and daughter Tiffany watch during inauguration ceremonies on January 20, 2017.

 

Ivanka Trump arrives for the Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017


  President-Elect Donald Trump gestures to the crowd on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017.
President-elect Donald Trump arrives for his Presidential Inauguration on January 20, 2017.
Former president George W. Bush keeps covered in the rain as he sits with his wife Laura at the inauguration ceremony on January 20, 2017

President Barack Obama greets President-elect Donald Trump as he arrives on the platform at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017, before his swearing-in ceremony
Jackie Evancho performs the National Anthem as Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump watch on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017
 . President Donald Trump takes the oath of office as his wife Melania Trump holds the bible and his son Barron Trump looks on, on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.
swearing in of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States takes place on the West front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017.
Spectators attend the inauguration ceremonies for Donald Trump at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2017.
Advisors to President-elect Donald Trump, Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon depart from services at St. John's Church on January 20, 2017

Protesters display anti-Trump placards as they wait to get to the National Mall for the inaugration of US President-elect Donald Trump in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2107
 Demonstrators march on the street near a security checkpoint inaugural entrance on January 20, 2017
 Inaugural attendees move through demonstrators attempting to block people entering a security checkpoint on January 20, 2017, in Washington, DC.
Police officers pepper spray a group of protestors before the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.
People gather on the National Mall prior to the inauguration on January 20, 2017.

The Presidential motorcade drives on Pennsylvania Avenue to the Capitol on January 20, 2017.

Spectators fill the National Mall in front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Attendees partake in the inauguration ceremonies to swear in Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States at the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017

A protester is dragged away from a public access point to the National Mall on 14th Street NW prior to the inauguration on January 20, 2017

Donald Trump addresses the crowd in front of the Capitol on January 20, 2017
 Vice- President Mike Pence takes the oath of office from Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas as wife Karen Pence holds a bible on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2017
Supporters react as President-elect Donald Trump appears for his inauguration on January 20, 2017.

 Cheryl Edmondson cries as President-elect Donald Trump appears for his inauguration on January 20, 2017, in Washington

Friday, 20 January 2017

At Last, Jammeh Surrenders, Begs For Time To Pack

IMG_5112Former president of The Gambia, Yahya Jammeh has finally surrendered and asked for a shift in deadline of mid-day to 4pm to vacate office as ECOWAS soldiers close in on him.
Jammeh made the request when he met the leaders of Guinea and Mauritania in the capital, Banjul, in a last-ditch diplomatic effort to get him to cede power.
A regional military force that crossed the border in support of his democratically elected successor, Adama Barrow, was awaiting orders on Friday.
Marcel Alain de Souza, chair of the west African union ECOWAS, said troops would force Jammeh out if he refused to leave the country.
The West African troops entered the Gambia on Thursday night, hours after Barrow was forced to hold his inauguration as president in Dakar, the capital of Senegal.
De Souza said the west African force, which includes tanks, has so far met no resistance. Banjul, the capital, was deserted on Friday.
Dozens of vultures spread their wings on the large ground outside State House, and a lone cyclist, perhaps one of the few remaining tourists in the country, made the most of the empty roads.
The country’s chief of defence staff, Ousman Badjie, was seen speeding in the direction of Banjul.
He has switched allegiance several times over the past month, and was celebrating with Barrow supporters in the streets last night.
It is unclear what side he and the military would take in the event of an ECOWAS attack on the State House, though most sources believed he was no longer with Jammeh.
The twitter handle of Charles Onyango-Obbot ‏@cobbo3 said “Jammeh asks for deadline extension – from midday (local time) to 4pm!

IN PICTURES: Aisha Buhari Hosts Melinda Gates In Aso rock

IMG_5107Wife of the President of Nigeria, Aisha Buhari hosted wife of Bill Gates, Melinda Gates in Aso Rock yesterday.
Among other notable guests present at the meeting included wife of the senate president Mrs. Toyin Saraki, Hon. Minister Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, Sen. Lanre Tejuosho, Chairman Senate Committee on Health, Sen. Monsurat Sumonu, Sen. Binta Maci Garba and some governors’ wives.
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