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Jul 22, 2015

Gambia’s Jammeh shores up power before fifth term bid

DAKAR, July 22 (Reuters) – A month after 29-year-old
Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh seized power in Gambia in a bloodless
coup in 1994, the U.S. Ambassador cabled Washington to warn that
the “anti-western” and “anti-democratic” new president was
seeking an “open mandate”.

As Gambia marks the 21st anniversary of Jammeh’s rule,
Andrew Winter’s warning still resonates as rights groups accuse
the president of cracking down on opponents before an expected
bid for a fifth term next year.

Jul 22, 2015

Gambia’s Jammeh shores up power ahead of fifth term bid

DAKAR, July 22 (Reuters) – A month after 29-year-old
Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh seized power in Gambia in a bloodless
coup in 1994, the U.S. Ambassador cabled Washington to warn that
the “anti-western” and “anti-democratic” new president was
seeking an “open mandate”.

As Gambia marks the 21st anniversary of Jammeh’s rule,
Andrew Winter’s warning still resonates as rights groups accuse
the president of cracking down on opponents ahead of an expected
bid for a fifth term next year.

Jul 10, 2015

Tests show Ebola probably remained latent in Liberia

DAKAR/GENEVA, July 10 (Reuters) – Ebola probably remained
latent in Liberia even after it was officially eliminated in
May, health officials said on Friday, after test results showed
the strain of the virus in newly detected cases closely
resembled earlier infections.

The preliminary findings, based on a new technique analysing
the genetic sequence of the virus, suggest that transmission was
either reactivated by an Ebola survivor, perhaps through sexual
intercourse, or continued for weeks undetected, the sources
added.

Jul 7, 2015

Initial Ebola test on Liberia dog carcass negative: sources

DAKAR (Reuters) – A dead dog suspected of being the possible source for the re-emergence of Ebola in Liberia has tested negative for the disease, two health officials said on Tuesday, quoting initial findings.

Residents say that Liberia’s first victim of the virus since the country was declared Ebola-free in early May had shared a dog meat meal with residents shortly before he died on June 28.

Jun 17, 2015

EU to keep withholding aid from Gambia after expulsion – diplomats

DAKAR (Reuters) – The expulsion of an EU diplomat from Gambia this month has derailed efforts to unblock aid to one of the world’s poorest countries, the source of thousands of illegal migrants headed to Europe, diplomats say.

The European Union had earmarked 33 million euros ($37 million) for development projects in the West African country for 2015-2016 but froze the funds due partly to concerns over human rights after a tough new law against homosexuality.

Jun 13, 2015

Ebola could hit again and we would hardly do better: MSF

DAKAR (Reuters) – The Ebola epidemic could flare up again in West Africa and health authorities are no better equipped to control it than they were a year ago, the head of medical charity Medecins Sans Frontieres said on Saturday.

“The reality today is if Ebola were to hit on scale it did in August and September, we would hardly do much better than we did the last time around,” Joanne Liu said on the sidelines of a meeting on Ebola in Dakar.

May 19, 2015

Guinea Bissau sidelines top brass in bid to end coups

MANSOA, Guinea Bissau (Reuters) – Relaxing in flip-flops in a shady corner of his farm near a pile of freshly-raked cashew nuts, the former head of Guinea Bissau’s army General Antonio Indjai says he has turned in his weapons and his days as a coup leader are over.

For many, Indjai is a symbol of all that went wrong in the former Portuguese colony that is one of Africa’s most fragile states. Since 1980, Guinea Bissau has suffered nine coups or attempted coups, including one led by Indjai in 2012 that led to two years of public looting and a surge in drug trafficking.

May 19, 2015

Insight – Guinea Bissau sidelines top brass in bid to end coups

MANSOA, Guinea Bissau (Reuters) – Relaxing in flip-flops in a shady corner of his farm near a pile of freshly-raked cashew nuts, the former head of Guinea Bissau’s army General Antonio Indjai says he has turned in his weapons and his days as a coup leader are over.

For many, Indjai is a symbol of all that went wrong in the former Portuguese colony that is one of Africa’s most fragile states. Since 1980, Guinea Bissau has suffered nine coups or attempted coups, including one led by Indjai in 2012 that led to two years of public looting and a surge in drug trafficking.

May 5, 2015

Guinea Bissau reviews contracts from mining to timber – PM

BISSAU, May 5 (Reuters) – Guinea Bissau is reviewing
contracts signed by previous governments as the West African
country seeks to ensure miners have sufficient means to
kick-start its $2 billion economy, its prime minister told
Reuters.

Domingos Simoes Pereira, elected at polls a year ago that
sealed a transition back to democracy after a 2012 coup, said
the review was also aimed at diversifying investment in services
such as maritime transport and telecoms, dominated by former
colonial power Portugal.

Apr 22, 2015

Analysis – Billions at risk for Ghana, oil firms from oil boundary ruling

DAKAR/ACCRA (Reuters) – Ghana’s decision to seek arbitration in a dispute with Ivory Coast over an oil-rich basin in the Atlantic could prove costly for the country and a consortium led by Tullow (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research) if a court halts development there.

The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea will rule on Saturday on Ivory Coast’s February request for a moratorium on activity in the basin. The decision is part of legal proceedings on a maritime border dispute sought by Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama in September.