Togo: how long can the grassroots pressure last?

2017-09-23 17:21

Togo's government was surprised by how many people took to the streets earlier this month to demand the removal of President Faure Gnassingbe.

Togo opposition unconvinced by reform bill proposal

2017-09-10 19:58

Togo opposition leaders have said they were not hopeful of political change, as parliament prepares to discuss potential constitutional reform after days of huge anti-government protests.

West Africa bloc agrees 'in principle' on Morocco membership

2017-06-05 20:00

An official with West Africa's regional bloc says leaders of the 15-nation group have agreed "in principle" on Morocco's membership application for membership, though more assessments will be made.

Morocco king skips W Africa summit after Israel attends

2017-06-05 17:59

Morocco's king is skipping a regional meeting of west African leaders amid his country's bid to join the bloc known as Ecowas.

Pro-Biafran leader in Nigeria released: lawyer

2017-04-30 08:54

A pro-Biafran leader in Nigeria has been released from custody, says his lawyer, some 18 months after first being arrested and repeated court rulings granting him bail ignored by the government.

Gambia's Barrow visits 'new ally' Senegal

2017-03-02 21:30

The Gambia's President Adama Barrow has arrived in Senegal, which played a key role in his rise to power by helping force his predecessor Yahya Jammeh from office.

How West Africa built the muscle to rout dictators and keep peace

2017-02-03 08:31

Regional power Ecowas, which has just seen off yet another dictator in Yahya Jammeh, started off with a tame agenda 42 years ago. But it was soon shaped by civil wars, military coups and despots, writes Abdul-Jalilu Ateku.

West Africa to scale back military in The Gambia

2017-01-27 18:30

West African nations plan to scale back a military force that secured the return to The Gambia of new President Adama Barrow to take power, the force commander says.

Gambia's new leader Barrow to stay at 'own residence until further notice'

2017-01-26 14:20

Gambia's new president, who is expected back in his country will stay at his own residence until further notice while State House, Yahya Jammeh's former seat of power, is assessed for potential risks.

Troops preparing for Barrow's return to Gambia: Ecowas

2017-01-24 22:29

New Gambian President Adama Barrow is expected to receive a security report this week that could greenlight his return to the country, the head of he regional Ecowas group has said.


Togo bucks the trend of political reform in W Africa

2017-09-13 20:45

His family has ruled Togo for more than 50 years but President Faure Gnassingbe has in the last week faced unprecedented public pressure to step down.

Mbeki: Zimbabweans not SA can tell Mugabe to go

2017-06-19 12:00

Former president Thabo Mbeki has reportedly said that South Africans must "stay clear" of criticising Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, adding that the veteran leader should only be "shown the door" by his own people.

Regional troops to remain in Gambia for a year

2017-06-05 19:00

The Economic Community of West African States says it has extended the mandate of its military mission in The Gambia.

Morocco king boycotts Africa summit to avoid Netanyahu

2017-06-02 18:35

Morocco's king has cancelled plans to attend a West Africa summit this weekend in Liberia due to the presence of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the foreign ministry has said.

Will Gambia's opposition continue to stick together?

2017-03-09 20:34

West African think tank, the Open Society Initiative says African leaders have a lot to learn from what happened in The Gambia, adding that the continent should build strong democratic institutions.

Armed Gambian soldier arrested in mosque as president prayed

2017-02-12 22:27

A Gambian soldier and former member of ex-President Yahya Jammeh's guard has been arrested for bringing a loaded gun into a mosque where President Adama Barrow was praying, the west African force in the country has said .

Weapons seized from Gambia ex-leader Jammeh's home

2017-01-31 06:11

The west African force deployed in The Gambia to secure the nation's presidential transition says it has recovered weapons from the former leader's home, and arrested a high-ranking Gambian general.

Barrow returns to warm welcome as Gambia turns a page

2017-01-26 20:52

Jubilant Gambians have welcomed home their new President Adama Barrow, who was elected almost two months ago but forced to flee to Senegal when his predecessor refused to step aside.

'New' inauguration 'to be held for Gambia's president Barrow'

2017-01-25 20:46

Eagerly awaited President Adama Barrow is set to hold a new inauguration ceremony on the Gambian soil "where he will address his people", a spokesperson says.

What southern Africa can learn from west Africa about dealing with despots

2017-01-24 18:30

SADC's credibility is at stake. Its lack of political will in acting decisively against despots is at odds with the African Union's goal of promoting legitimate governance on the continent, writes Chris Saunders.

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