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The Gambia News
--Gambian Fatou Bensouda takes oath
“As I begin my tenure, moving forward in consolidating current practices, the office will continue to forge ahead with its investigations and prosecutions,” said Gambia's Fatou Bensouda, the new chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) as she took the solemn oath of office on Friday in The Hague.
--Family, Press Union doubt police revelation
For nearly six years, Gambia’s government has been pressured by various international media watchdog and human rights groups to give account of the whereabouts of Journalist Ebrima Manneh.
Senior United Nations officials have warned that global inaction could lead to a humanitarian disaster in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, amid the serious food and humanitarian crisis.
Gambians are going to the polls on Thursday to elect their members of parliament.
Thursday’s polls are the fourth National Assembly Election, since President Yayah Jammeh came to power 17 years ago.
The Gambian government’s recent appeal for food aid due to serious crops failure is starting to get some attention, as thousands of people are said to be in urgent need of food and safe drinking water.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has summoned his cabinet to an emergency meeting today, Monday to discuss the developing food crisis, after his country appealed for food aid due to crops failure.
Serious food crisis is coming closer to home in the West African sub-region, with Gambia asking for aid, while Oxfam calls for urgent action to stop the Sahel drought.
Six new Commissioners of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have assumed duty at the Commission’s headquarters in Abuja, Nigeria.
They replace some of the pioneer Commissioners whose four-year tenure ended on 31 January 2012. The tenure of the pioneer seventh Commissioner, Dr. Adrienne Diop, will end in June 2012.
The Gambia is said to have made great strides in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), but more challenges lie ahead, said the Executive Director of the Gambia Committee Against Harmful Traditional Practices (GAMCOTRAP), Dr. Isatou Tourey
This week, a life imprisonment sentence was slapped on former Gambian Information Minister and three years jail term with hard labour for three others for distributing T-Shirts with critical slogans against the Yaya Jammeh government, but. the government has declined to comment on the sentences.