Dakar (AFP) – The Gambia’s president-elect Adama Barrow landed in neighbouring Senegal Sunday where he will remain until his planned inauguration this week, Senegalese sources said, following an agreement with west African leaders.

The president-elect is due to take power on January 19 when President Yahya Jammeh’s mandate runs out, but the long-serving strongman has refused to cede power after disputing the result of a December 1 election won by Barrow.

Senegalese President Macky Sall accepted a request to host Barrow in Dakar “until his inauguration,” the official APS agency said citing an official.

“Barrow is in Dakar as of Sunday, just after midnight,” the official told APS. “The Senegalese president accepted the request of his Liberian counterpart Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the current ECOWAS president,” it added.

A source in the Senegalese presidency confirmed to AFP that Barrow was in Dakar following consultations with heads of state from the Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) at a Bamako summit.

ECOWAS, a 15-nation bloc, has repeatedly called on Jammeh to respect the result of the vote and leave after 22 years in power.

Barrow flew into the Malian capital as a surprise guest at the Africa-France summit after talks broke down Friday between a three-nation west African delegation and Jammeh.

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Sirleaf and Ghana’s ex-president John Mahama have appealed to Jammeh to step down twice in person, without success.

The leaders of at least 30 nations had gathered in Bamako to discuss jihad on the continent and Africa’s impact on the European migrant crisis — but The Gambia’s political impasse dominated events.

The spectre of a military intervention has arisen in recent days following declarations by the United Nations and African Union that boots on the ground could get the green light without a rapid resolution of the crisis.

Mohamed Ibn Chambas, head of the UN Office for West Africa and the Sahel, said on Friday that ECOWAS would ask the Security Council to approve the deployment of troops to The Gambia if Jammeh continues to refuse to leave office.

ECOWAS has made clear in the past that force will not be ruled out as a last resort, but the Nigerian army has denied reports it is preparing troops for a Gambian intervention.

There are just three days left of Jammeh’s five-year term, and he has warned the international community against “undue external interference”.

Jammeh has said he will not stand aside until the country’s Supreme Court decides on his legal challenge seeking to annul the result of last month’s polls, which he had initially conceded losing.

The ruling however is unlikely to happen before May. See more https://au.news.yahoo.com/world/a/34064219/gambias-barrow-in-senegal-until-his-inauguration/#page1

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I don’t miss Atta Mills – Rawlings
Mar 19, 2016 at 9:58am

Former President John Rawlings(left) and the late President John Mills
Ghana’s former President John Jerry Rawlings has stated that he does not in any way miss his onetime bosom friend and former President John Evans Atta Mills.

The late President, who fell out with his former boss, died in July 2012 when Ghana was preparing for parliamentary and presidential elections.

He was replaced by his Vice, John Mahama, who led the NDC into victory in the general elections.

Speaking to GHOne’s Nana Aba Anamoah in an exclusive interview, the former military ruler said Mills promised to reward people who insulted and fabricated things about him (Rawlings) with jobs.

“No, I don’t miss him at all and I would take off my glasses for you to see my face…when I look at him [Mills] and look at this John [Mahama] there have a few commonalities but this John [Mahama] did not line up people on the promise of a job when you insult and fabricate things against me, wife and my family as Mills did. This one has not done that but that is not to say that I don’t think that he is also not going astray,” former President Rawlings said.

Source: Ghana/Starrfmonline.com/103.5FM


Egya Atta-Mills might not be here today, but the facts and what a lot of folks know shall speak for itself.

When the Chiefs of Southern Volta went to Rawlings, what he said was the problem between him and the late Mills was that Mills refused to give appointments to the people that he Rawlings chose.

Rawlings further stated that he no longer has access to the ears of Mills and for that matter he no longer has his directives implemented.

We the Chiefs then went to Mills to find out the truth on the insistence of Rawlings. Mills said his only fault was that his wife was said to have disrespected Nana Konadu at Ada at a function Nana Konadu asked her security to refuse usage of the red carpet by the Second Lady Naadu Mills, and that he Mills only gave appointments to only nine of the twenty-one man list Rawlings brought.

No mention was made of what Rawlings has put out today. It was Rawlings who was insulting Mills, Kofi Awoonor, Kojo Tsikata, Obed Asamoah, Mahama Iddrissu, P.V. Obeng and saying things that undermined the faith of Mahama Iddrissu.

Posterity will judge this evil man, and should we be surprised at Rawlings not missing a man he killed by his constant insults when he and Kofi Adams, Spio Garbrah knew the health of the President suffers from those actions of theirs?

No, we wont.