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Nigeria, Senegal forces prepare to invade Gambia if Jammeh refuses to leave January 19

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The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), formed by 16 countries, declared the state of alert, if controversial ex-soldier Gambian president Yahya Jammeh persists on keeping himself in the power after January 19, 2017. According to the president of ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, that is the decision of the block regarding the attitude by Yammeh, a man who does not recognize the results of the elections celebrated on December 1st, in which Yammeh lost under opponent Adama Barrow.

Jammeh said that ihe will continue as President, despite this defeat in the elections, and its party appealed the result before the Supreme Court, but the ECOWAS warned him previously that will tackle all the necessary actions to solve the situation.

The regional leaders entrusted the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, for the mediation in the political crisis, while they offer Jammeh an honorable exit, but if he does not accept it, troops might be deployed, stated de Souza to the television of Mali, a member country of the ECOWAS. ‘We have set troops, waiting in alert if Jammeh does not accept on January 19, when his presidential mandate finishes’, pointed out the president of the entity, and diplomats and observers think that possibly they look for the approval of the Security Council of the UN, for the employment of the force.

According to sources, Senegal probably will command a contingent of African intervention, since it is the only bordering country with Gambia, but the military action would be the last resource and the Senegalese President, Macky Sall, showed this week that he was considering Buhari capable of making Jameeh come to reason and accede. Photo Credit: Carlos Garcia Rawlins/Reuters

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  1. Anthony Opo Okonkwo

    December 29, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    This is certainly a misguided thinking. Where are the meagre resources to embark on this trip?

  2. Fubara David-West

    December 25, 2016 at 6:39 am

    What kind of foolishness is this? Nigeria is in no position to use force to promote democracy. Its General Buhari is one of the most anti-democratic political figures in Africa. Senegal should have pushed for more sanity since Nigeria under General Buhari is bereft of such values.

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#USAfrica #BrkNews: Barbara Bush has died at their home in Houston

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Barbara Bush, first lady from 1989–1993 during the presidency of her husband, George H. W. Bush, has died at their home in Houston. She was 92; and the mother of George W Bush

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World SOCCER SHOWDOWN: South Africa backs Morocco; U.S under pressure

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Special to USAfrica [Houston]  • USAfricaonline.com  •  @Chido247  @USAfricalive

“It is an old myth that Africa doesn’t have the capacity, and naysayers should stop using the political argument. Africa hosted the best Fifa World Cup ever and with good support, Morocco can emulate South Africa,” said the SAFA president Jordaan.

Johannesburg – South Africa Football Association (SAFA) president Danny Jordaan has promised Morocco that South Africa will give its unqualified support to secure another World Cup on the African continent in 2026.

Morocco is vying to stage the world’s biggest football prize against a joint bid by Canada, Mexico and the U.S.

The Moroccan delegation comprises ex-Senegal and Liverpool striker El Hadji Diouf and former Cameroonian goalkeeper Joseph-Antoine Bell.

Jordaan said it would be great for Africa to have a second bite of the World Cup cherry, adding Morocco’s bid was Africa’s bid.

Jordaan assured Morocco that he would personally lobby for the Council for Southern Africa Football Associations (Cosafa) and the rest of the continent to rally behind the Moroccans.

In his remarks, Antoine Bell said Morocco had all the ingredients to host another spectacular World Cup.

“South Africa showed the way and I am confident Morocco will follow suit. The country has international standards, from the stadiums to top infrastructure. Morocco can compete with the best in the world,” he said.

By giving Morocco its support, South Africa’s voice would make all the difference on the continent, Bell said.

“When South Africa talks on the continent, the rest of the continent listens hence it is vital for South Africa to support Morocco. South Africa has the experience and Morocco will use this experience to win the 2016 bid,” added Bell. African News Agency

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WInnie Mandela’s burial on Saturday; 3 presidents attending

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Three presidents will pay their respects at the funeral of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela on Saturday.

EFF leader Julius Malema is also expected to speak, while Fikile Mbalula will speak on behalf of the ANC as will Bathabile Dlamini in her capacity as leader of the ANC Women’s League.

Another politician, Energy Minister Jeff Radebe, will deliver a tribute on behalf of the extended family. Gauteng Premier David Makhura will welcome the mourners at the ceremony.

The AbaThembu Prince Azenathi Dalindyebo will deliver a royal address and Zukiswa Madikizela will pay tribute on behalf of the Madikizela family.

Among the expected musical performers are Thandiswa Mazwai and Sipho Hotstix Mabuza.

The funeral service at the Orlando Stadium is scheduled to start at 09:00 and is expected to finish at 13:00, after which a military ceremony will take place before the procession moves to the Fourways Memorial Park. By Jane Gerber/News24

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