Temporary measures such as legislative gender quotas can increase women’s access to political participation.
Adama Barrow’s re-election in The Gambia was not unexpected. It, however, leaves the opposition with an uncertain path forward and signals the shrinking status of his predecessor, Yahya Jammeh.
The Gambia has a unique system of voting that does not involve the use of paper ballots in casting votes – instead it uses marbles.
The 2021 presidential election in The Gambia is expected to be peaceful and losing candidates are likely to accept the outcome.
The rejection of the bill on its merits means that Gambians will not get to see this version of the 2020 draft constitution in a future referendum.
The Rohingya case before the International Court of Justice is politically and legally significant.
The Gambia’s agreement with the European Union to return immigrants to the country is causing the government problems at home.
Criminal trials await those found responsible for the most serious crimes in The Gambia.
No one is immune to change in leadership that has led many African presidents to lose their coveted top job.
Gambia became a symbol for democratic change earlier this year when former dictator Yahya Jammeh was peacefully ousted through the ballot box. Now Europe wants its Gambian immigrants to return home.
The adoption of the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance five years ago raised hopes for a new democratic Africa. But its ideals remain elusive for many parts of the continent.
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
Although Ecowas and the AU made sure that Yahya Jammeh stepped down after losing the elections in The Gambia, caution is warranted in assuming this heralds a trend against African dictatorships.
There is a real sense of optimism in The Gambia: for the first time since Yahya Jammeh came to power, there has been open dissent of the regime and a feeling of ownership of the country’s future.