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#1 COSMIC RHINO

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Posted 05 December 2016 - 08:15 AM

Adama  Barrow an opposition candidate  has just replaced Yahya Jammed  who had served 22 years

 

his civil rights  record was very bad  and he has announced  his intention to step down

 

Yahya Jammed , I heard on a BBC radio report said that he would be willing to keep on ruling as long as he was elected  ,up to a billion years

 

it is great to see a change

 

please  see http://www.allafrica.com    and  THE CONVERSATION  2 dec  ENOUGH IS ENOUGH GAMBIANS PUT FAITH IN DEMOCRACY


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 02:54 AM

the results have changed a bit but not the winner

 

the president  now says he won't step down , he has asked for the election to be repeated

 

 

resulting in expressions of concern from the organisation for  African union , and the economic community for west africa  

 

there have been calls for the United Nations Security Council to act 


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Posted 11 December 2016 - 02:04 PM

Apparently there are already soldiers on the streets and it's looking like things may soon turn violent, I'm sure there must be quite a few British citizens living as expats in Banjul and perhaps elsewhere in the country who will be in need of rescue, time in my view to send in the British Army on the pretext of evacuating our citizens and while they there doing that they could at the same time persuade Mr Jammeh to reconsider his decision not to step down. It shouldn't be too hard to convince the Gambian Army that they need to abandon Mr Jammeh and support their new president elect, it's what the French would do if this was one of their former colonies. A number of recent British mliitary interventions haven't been too popular or successful but we successfully intervened in Sierra Leone helping to end the civil war there and we I think could easily sort out this mess and should do so. Given everything else that's going on I fear that we may not intervene and I don't have much faith that ECOWAS or the AU will sort this out, or that the UN Security Council will agree on taking action but somebody has to do something to stop this and in doing so make it clear to other leaders that if they are voted out they have go. Mr Jammeh must not be allowed to get away with this.  


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Posted 12 December 2016 - 04:44 AM

This looks like a very nasty situation , ordinary people don't appear  to count for much

 

there is a whole lot of resource and power grabbing in the region , that  is what in practice matters here


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Posted 14 December 2016 - 12:10 AM

things are rather grim 

 

a ECWOS delegation has arrived for talks as the army has occupied the offices of the electoral commission


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Posted 15 December 2016 - 07:12 AM

  • the president came to power as a  result of a military coup
  • I have problems describing any other way  ,the army occupying the electoral office on behalf of a party  in an election who wants to dispute the results
  • the president has declared his intent to stay put
  • both  ECOWAS west African community and AOU African union have asked the president to step down
  • the supreme court  has been inactive since May 2015, a good sign of a government not believing in the right to a legal review
  • the government had a reputation for being repressive
  • hope of any change has been stolen

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Posted 04 January 2017 - 06:35 AM

So the president is behaving like a dictator  who would have liked to been endorsed by an election , but that is a non essential detail.

 

the UN security  council; has asked him to step down, ECOWAS has arrived , he is closing down radio stations and declaring his intention to continue ruling


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Posted 12 January 2017 - 04:36 AM

the existing president   intends to stay put  and is asking for  a new election claiming that the results of the recent one has problems 

 

there are difficulties with a court challenge as the judges have been dismissed

 

sacking the judges is classic dictator behaviour


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 04:43 AM

The supreme court challenge to the election results  has been dismissed ,as the chief judge was listed as a party to the case .

 

well you  don't need legal training to know that you can't judge a case which you are a party to

 

there is now talk of sending in ECOWAS troops 


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Posted 17 January 2017 - 07:59 PM

Exciting, inauguration is January 19th :unsure:


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 02:55 AM

the president  who is refusing to give in  has declared a state of emergency

 

I was thinking a few days ago for his own safety it would be best if  the winning candidate takes up refuge in a foreign embassy


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 07:38 AM

things are very serious 

 

  • 6 ministers have  resigned from the government
  • pres Jammeh has declared a 90 day state of emergency
  • a whole lot of  women and children have gone into exile in Senegal
  • lead candidate Adama Barrow  is in exile in Senegal and is likely to be sworn into office from there
  • ECOWAS has told  president Jammeh to step down at the end of his term or be thorn out by force

this is the classic sign of a dictator ,one who is willing to rule for a billion years if Allah allows

 

if the Gambian military supports him it could turn into a war


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 09:24 AM

This is tragic for the Gambia.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 02:07 PM

On the news today FCO have finally issued a travel advisory against travel to Gambia, cue Thomas Cook and others now scrambling to get holiday makers home. I see this was building since before Christmas. Very sad for Gambia, hope thing get resolved peacefully and swiftly.
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Posted 18 January 2017 - 03:43 PM

I remember being in Gambia no less than 22 years ago. It's so tiny that you can drive across it in two hours. It's population has more than doubled since then. It's so poor, that Senegal is rich in comparison.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 08:08 PM

It seems that the UK doesn’t have much influence or interest in its former colonies anymore and our government is far too busy with Brexit to get involved, we haven’t as far as I can see really said or done very much about any of this. The French president Francois Hollande has been to visit president elect Barrow in Senegal but has anyone from the UK government been to see him or the Gambian government, it doesn’t appear so. I don’t recall hearing Boris or anyone else in our government even discussing about The Gambia. I just hope that behind the scenes we are in fact doing more than it appears. ECOWAS have given Yahya Jammeh until midnight GMT to step down and declared that as of tomorrow he will no longer be the recognised leader of The Gambia. Senegalese troops are moving to border preparing to invade, it doesn’t look like Jammeh is going to see sense so either tomorrow or in the coming days there is going to be a war. The Nigerians have sent their best battleship and also their air force no doubt hoping that this would be enough for Jammeh to get the message but clearly not. Also a few days ago Nigerian MPs voted to grant Jammeh asylum one would have hoped that the threat of military invasion would make him see sense and realise that retirement to Nigeria would be his best option. The arrival of the Nigerian Air Force is perhaps slightly worrying since they’ve just accidently bombed a refugee camp in their own country killing possibly over 100 innocent people.

 

The British Army have for a little while had military advisors in Nigeria helping them to fight the Boko Haram terrorists and the government there has requested their help in planning an invasion of Gambia. Apparently we haven’t responded to this request but I hope that we will step up and agree to this and provide any further military assistance to ECOWAS that they might require. I suspect if we don’t Monsieur Hollande might well step in and offer French assistance proving that perhaps the UK doesn’t have much influence in the world anymore.

 

The Gambia only has 900 soldiers and apparently many of them were seen dancing in the streets after the election result was announced and Adama Barrow declared the winner, if it does come to war I hope this means it will all be over very quickly. The worrying question is just how many soldiers may be loyal to Jammeh and how willing are they to fight a war they can’t win, resulting in a civil war which could cause significant civilian casualties. If there is a civil war one has to hope it is short lived, but even if Jammeh lost the election there are presumably still plenty of people who voted for him and who might support troops who decide to fight for him. It’s awful to think how many innocent people may die because of this despot and his intransigence, a very worrying situation. 

 

Purely on a side note, I often refer to the country as Gambia, but the BBC had someone on the radio this afternoon explaining that the correct name is ‘The Gambia’ that it’s been called this ever since it was named by Portuguese navigators after the river and that because it's named after a river using the word 'The' is correct. Also following independence the government decided they wanted the name to stay ‘The Gambia’ rather than become Gambia in order to try and avoid the obvious confusion with Zambia that would likely arise when that country became independent. The only other country that also has ‘The’ as part of its correct name is The Bahamas, given that things could very ugly it’s perhaps a little trivial to be concerned about the country’s name, but as I didn’t know which was correct I thought this was quite interesting.



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Posted 18 January 2017 - 11:20 PM

One of the news articles I read this afternoon suggested that The Gambia only had around 900 soldiers but according to the BBC their armed forces comprise around 2,500 men, either way I would think that only a minority truly support Jammeh.

 

Ghana has just announced that they will commit 250 combat troops if necessary. Based on what was said on the BBC news it looks like there’s a good chance that Yahya Jammeh won’t step down, Adama Barrow won’t be able to return to The Gambia for his inauguration so he will be sworn in as president at the Gambian Embassy in Dakar. Having been sworn in he can then call on ECOWAS to provide military assistance and they will then launch an invasion so that a heavily armed military escort can deliver him to Banjul allowing him to take office. According to reports it seems that a lot of Jammeh supporters are no longer so keen to support him in light of recent events and I don’t think there are many people in The Gambia who really want a war. We may well find out in the next hour or so what’s going to happen we certainly will in the morning, I hope the news will be good and that a serious war has been averted.



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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:53 AM

this is getting very serious ,there are  reports that

 

  • Senengal  is massing troops on the border  to come over if , and Nigeria is  moving its navy and airforce if  Pres Jammeh does not step down
  • Pres  Jammeh is recruiting Liberian mercenaries  led by the elite security commander of former President Charles Taylor who is now facing trial by the ICC 

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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:43 AM

  • both human rights watch and amnesty international have issued lengthy reports about the abuses here
  • a HR Watch report about conditions before the election mentioned abuse of non violent demonstrators , they were extensively beaten and one of them died as a result
  • the judiciary and the security forces  goes along with whatever the president wants
  • before the 2011 election a whole group of the security forces were walking around together in the president's campaign t shirt
  • the president makes speeches which are in contempt of anyone who supports the opposition , he once called the opposition evil vermin who should be buried .
  • and that is just the start of the report
  • the lawyer representing Pres Jammeh , has gone of with his son and joined the masses of exiles in Senagal.  he apologised for taking the president's case challenging the election results , he had to as he was on a retainer
  • adama  barrow has been sworn in as the new president 
  • the ECOWOS troops have arrived and the streets are largely deserted

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Posted 21 January 2017 - 04:07 AM

well the developing news is that a group of west African leaders has persuaded  now expired Pres Jammeh to go into exile and let the newly elected president take over.

 

the threat of force would have made a whole lot of difference


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