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Political Crisis and Transition - The...
Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
28 Mar 2018

A constitutional crisis in the Gambia started after the presidential elections on 1 December 2016, and ended with the outgoing president Yahya Jammeh being forced to step down in favour of his elected successor Adama Barrow on 21 January 2017, after resistance. Although long-serving incumbent President Yahya Jammeh initially accepted the surprising victory of Adama Barrow, he rejected the election results eight days later. Jammeh called for the election to be annulled and appealed to the Supreme Court. Troops were subsequently deployed in the capital Banjul and Serekunda. After ECOWAS delegates failed to persuade Jammeh to step down, a coalition of military forces from Senegal, Nigeria, and Ghana invaded the Gambia on 19 January 2017 to compel him to relinquish power. Two days later, Jammeh surrendered presidential duties in favour of Barrow and left the country to exile in Equatorial Guinea.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Supporters of new president gather at the airport ahead of Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrival at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Plane with Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Supporters of new president dance at the airport ahead of Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrival at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: A Gambian soldier holds national flags as Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
26 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 26: Gambia's President Adama Barrow arrives at Banjul International Airport after being sworn-in in neighbouring Senegal, on 26 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BARRA, GAMBIA - JAN 22: ECOWAS forces patrol Barra town opposite the capital Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Barra, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: People drop off from a ferry into Banjul as they come back to normal life after former president Jammeh left the country after 22 years in power, on January 22, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: People return to Banjul by ferry after the departure of former president Jammeh, on 21 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: CIvilians greet ECOWAS forces as they enter Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: People drop off from a ferry into Banjul as they come back to normal life after former president Jammeh left the country after 22 years in power, on January 22, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: Civilians come back t Banjul by ferry after former president Jammeh left the country on 21 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: A man on a bike rides past armoured ECOWAS vehicles as they stand on the side of the route ahead of taking Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BARRA, GAMBIA - JAN 22: ECOWAS forces patrol Barra town opposite the capital Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Barra, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: A soldier looks his colleagues work on a military truck ahead of taking Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: CIvilians celebrate ECOWAS forces as they enter Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: Civilians wave Gambian flags in front of armoured ECOWAS vehicles as thety stand on the side of the route ahead of taking Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 22: An ECOWAS soldier checks traffic ahead of entering Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
22 Jan 2017

BARRA, GAMBIA - JAN 22: ECOWAS forces patrol Barra town opposite the capital Banjul on 22 January 2017 in Barra, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
21 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 21: Gambia's Yaya Jammeh waves from the plane as he leaves Gambia on 21 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
21 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 20: Gambia's Yaya Jammeh leaves Gambia on 21 January 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
19 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 19: People celebrate the inauguration of new Gambia's president Adama Barrow in the streets of Banjul on January 19, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
19 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 19: People celebrate on the streets the inauguration of new Gambia's president Adama Barrow at Westfield neighbourhood on January 19, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
19 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 19: People celebrate on the streets the inauguration of new Gambia's president Adama Barrow at pipeline neighbourhood on January 19, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
19 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 19: People celebrate on the streets the inauguration of new Gambia's president Adama Barrow at Westfield neighbourhood on January 19, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia. AFP PHOTO / STRINGER

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Banjul
By Xaume Olleros
18 Jan 2017

BANJUL, GAMBIA - JAN 18: A tourist hugs a local man outside the Palma Rima hotel after the British Government changed the travel advise to amber due to the state of emergency issued by Gambian President Jammeh on January 18, 2017 in Banjul, Gambia.

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Burundi Capital Shuts Down Amid Protests
Bujumbura
By Alex Pritz
14 May 2015

Protesters and police face off in the streets in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura following weeks of unrest in opposition to President Nkurunziza's nomination for a third term, a violation of Burundi's constitution. The protest brought large parts of the city to a standstill.

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Burundi: Protests Erupt in Bujumbura ...
Bujumbura, Burundi
By Bernard Bankukira
11 May 2015

Despite a ban on demonstrations by the National Security Council of Burundi, protesters from various neighbourhoods of the capital Bujumbura took to the streets on Monday April 11, 2015 in large numbers compared to the previous days, to say no to the thrid term bid of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Bujumbura
By Bernard Bankukira
11 May 2015

Security forces tried to clear blocked roads in Bujumbura on Sunday following call made by the National Security Council.

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Bujumbura
By Bernard Bankukira
11 May 2015

Security forces tried to clear blocked roads in Bujumbura on Sunday following call made by the National Security Council.

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Bujumbura
By Bernard Bankukira
11 May 2015

Security forces tried to clear blocked roads in Bujumbura on Sunday following call made by the National Security Council.

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Bujumbura
By Bernard Bankukira
11 May 2015

Security forces tried to clear blocked roads in Bujumbura on Sunday following call made by the National Security Council.

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Bujumbura
By Bernard Bankukira
11 May 2015

Despite a ban on demonstrations by the National Security Council of Burundi, protesters from various neighbourhoods of the capital Bujumbura took to the streets on this Monday in large numbers compared to the previous days, to say no to the third term bid of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Bujumbura
By Bernard Bankukira
11 May 2015

Despite a ban on demonstrations by the National Security Council of Burundi, protesters from various neighbourhoods of the capital Bujumbura took to the streets on this Monday in large numbers compared to the previous days, to say no to the third term bid of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Bujumbura
By Bernard Bankukira
11 May 2015

Despite a ban on demonstrations by the National Security Council of Burundi, protesters from various neighbourhoods of the capital Bujumbura took to the streets on this Monday in large numbers compared to the previous days, to say no to the third term bid of President Pierre Nkurunziza.

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Bujumbura
By Bernard Bankukira
11 May 2015

Despite a ban on demonstrations by the National Security Council of Burundi, protesters from various neighbourhoods of the capital Bujumbura took to the streets on this Monday in large numbers compared to the previous days, to say no to the third term bid of President Pierre Nkurunziza.