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Summary

  1. Gambia's president-elect welcomes foreign pressure on Jammeh
  2. Coalition demands that Jammeh steps down immediately
  3. Election boss stands by result as Jammeh rejects it
  4. DR Congo condemns EU sanctions on security officials
  5. Mahrez wins BBC African Footballer of the Year award
  6. Sudan's president vows to defeat activists on 'keyboards and WhatsApp'
  7. Ghana's incoming president says no 'witch-hunt' when tackling corruption
  8. Funeral service for bomb victims in Egypt
  9. Cameroonians riff on minister's 'extreme handshake'
  10. Email stories and comments to africalive@bbc.co.uk - Monday 12 December 2016

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That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up-to-date with what's happening across the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website

A reminder of today's wise words:

A polygamous man is killed by hunger."

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Click here to send us your African proverbs.

And we leave you with this photo of a painting on the tail of a plane during the Vintage Rally air show at the Baragwanath airfield outside South Africa's Soweto township: 

A painting is seen on a tail of a plane during the Vintage Rally air show at the Baragwanath airfield outside Soweto, South Africa, December 12, 2016
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Liberian-born model defies agencies' 'Black doesn't sell' attitude

Liberian-born US model Deddeh Howard was tired of what she saw as the marginalisation of black models.

She says she found it hard to get work because she was black and that everywhere she walked in her hometown of Los Angeles, all she saw was white faces staring back from the billboards.

So she launched a project called "Black Mirror", in which she recreated major advertising campaigns, to show what the ads would look like if they featured a black woman instead of a white one: 

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The campaign has been getting lots of attention online and Deddeh has been telling BBC World News more about it: 

I would go to agencies and they would tell me.... we already have someone who looks exactly like you.... we have one or two black models. That was so disturbing to me that you could have one or two black models to represent us all.

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I was really tired of just being called 'black' all the time instead of just being given a job. All I needed was an opportunity."

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When asked how agencies would reacted to her concerns about discrimination, she says they would tell her:

This is what sells. Black doesn't sell. The white race sells."

Mahrez: I am very proud of AFOTY win

Riyad Mahrez is "very proud and very happy" to be named BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016. 

The Algerian midfielder said the award was "a great honour".

Listen to the interview with him here: 

Mahrez named BBC African Footballer of the Year

Riyad Mahrez named AFOTY winner 2016
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Algeria and Leicester midfielder Riyad Mahrez has been crowned the BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016. 

He was voted as the year's best by fans ahead of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang of Gabon, Senegal's Sadio Mane, Ghana's Dede Ayew and last year's winner, Yaya Toure.

DR Congo sanctions 'imperial throwback'

The Democratic Republic of Congo's government has condemned the decision of the European Union (EU) to impose sanctions on seven senior security officials as an "illegal" throw-back to the imperial era, AFP news agency reports. 

The EU imposed a ban on the seven over their alleged role in the deaths of at least 50 people during protests against President Joseph Kabila's rule. 

AFP reports that among the seven are:

  • Head of the president's Republican Guard Ilunga Kampete
  • Army commander Major General Gabriel Amisi Kumba 
  • Anti-riot squad commander Ferdinand Ilunga Luyoyo and
  • Police chief Celestin Kanyama

They face travel bans and asset freezes under the measures.

Mr Kabila had been due to step down when his term ended on 19 December, but will now stay in office because elections have been postponed. 

The opposition has vowed to step up protests to force him to quit. 

Police officer in DR Congo
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The government says the protests were violent

Interviews for Zimbabwe chief justice

Zimbabwe's Judicial Service Commission (JSC) has pressed ahead with holding the first ever public interviews for the post of chief justice, despite a legal attempt to halt the process, Reuters news agency reports.

A University of Zimbabwe law student last week asked the High Court to stop the interviews, arguing the process was not transparent since the candidates were colleagues of the interviewing panel. 

On Sunday, the High Court ruled in the student's favour, Reuters reports. 

However, the JSC decided to appeal against the ruling and went ahead with the interviews, which were broadcast live on state television, the agency adds.

The candidates interviewed were Deputy Chief Justice Luke Malaba, Paddington Garwe, a Supreme Court and Constitutional Court judge Paddington Garwe, and Electoral Commission chairwoman, Rita Makarau, who is also secretary of the JSC. 

The successful candidate will replace Chief Justice Godfrey Chidyausiku, who will retire next year. 

See earlier post for more details 

EU points to 'clear anomalies' in Gabon poll

Ali Bongo (L) and Jean Ping (R) as they appeared on the ballot papers
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European Union (EU) election observers have said there were "clear anomalies" in the results of August's presidential poll in Gabon, as they published their final report in the capital Libreville. 

President Ali Bongo won the election by less than 6,000 votes and his opponent Jean Ping alleged fraud, pointing to officials results in the president's home province, which said he received 95% of the vote on a turnout of 99.9%. 

Mr Ping still insists he won the poll and refers to himself as the president-elect, despite losing his bid at the constitutional court to have the result overturned. 

The government denies allegations of fraud and said European observers had "overstepped their mission" when they raised similar concerns in the aftermath of the election.

How to spot signs of possible election rigging

Afoty shortlist whittled down as countdown continues...

Riyad Mahrez or Senegal's Sadio Mane
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And then there were two....

We now know that Algeria's Riyad Mahrez or Senegal's Sadio Mane will be crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year 2016 in just over an hour. 

The original five-man shortlist has been cut down in the course of today, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew and Yaya Toure all eliminated.

The winner will be revealed in a live broadcast on BBC Focus on Africa TV, radio and online from 17:45 GMT.

If you can't wait until then, there's a live page here with reaction and video profiles of the contenders.

Four leaders to fly to The Gambia

BBC Afrique

Supporters of the newly elected Gambia"s President Adama Barrow kick a poster of the incumbent Yahya Jammeh in Serekunda on December 2, 2016
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Mr Jammeh is accused of leading a repressive regime

Senegal's foreign ministry has confirmed that four regional leaders will travel to neighbouring Gambia tomorrow in a bid to diffuse the crisis over President Jahya Jammeh's refusal to accept that he lost the 1 December election to opposition coalition candidate Adama Barrow. 

The four-member delegation will include Liberian leader Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Nigeria's Muhammadu Buhari, Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai Koroma and Ghana's John Mahama, who has said he will step down as president next month after losing elections to opposition leader Nana Akufu-Addo on Friday. 

See earlier posts for more details

SABC covers damning ruling against itself

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SABC

That's the main headline on the website of South Africa's national broadcaster, SABC, after the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) won a court bid to annul the appointment of senior executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng.

The court ruled that Mr Mosoeneng should not hold any post at the SABC, pending a new disciplinary hearing. 

The broadcaster quotes DA leader Mmusi Maimane as saying Mr Motsoeneng should be removed from his office if he arrived for work.

The court ruled that he should face a disciplinary inquiry over alleged abuse of power, unauthorised salary increments and dishonesty about his qualifications, the private News24 site reports.

Bid to give Mugabe more power over chief justice

Shingai Nyoka

BBC Africa, Harare

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe gives his traditional annual State of The Nation Address to members of parliament in Harare, Zimbabwe, 06 December 2016
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Zimbabwe's government is proposing an amendment to the constitution to give the president the sole power to appoint the chief justice. 

The opposition has opposed the move, saying it will undermine the judiciary's independence. 

This is the first amendment to be proposed since Zimbabwe adopted a new constitution in  2013, which whittled down the powers of the president.

The constitution was adopted following intense talks between the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) and the ruling Zanu-PF party. 

Currently the Judicial Services Commission, made up mostly of senior judges and lawyers, conducts public interviews of potential candidates for the post of chief justice. It then submits names to the president who then makes a selection.

President Robert Mugabe, 92, has been in power since 1980. 

Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is also the Justice Minister, has proposed the amendment. 

He is seen as a potential successor to Mr Mugabe. 

Cases opened against police over Marikana 'massacre'

BBC World Service

Police prepare to open fire at Marikana mine in 2012
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The killings were caught on camera in 2012

The South African presidency has confirmed that cases have been opened against police officers involved in what's known as the Marikana massacre, and that some of the victims' families are to get compensation. 

Police shot dead 34 miners at the Lonmin platinum mine in 2012, claiming they were acting in self-defence.

The shooting was the most deadly police incident since the end of apartheid in 1994, and shocked the nation.

An independent police investigation has recommended charges of murder, attempted murder and defeating the ends of justice. 

The cases follow a commission of inquiry, allegations of unnecessary delays and a cover-up. 

Ten other miners were killed in the days beforehand, and an inquiry found that 17 others also lost their lives in alleged police reprisal attacks. 

Excitement builds ahead of #BBCAFOTY

In the next few hours, we'll find out who is going to be crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year. 

Just to whet your appetite, here's a quick promo put together by the #BBCAfoty team, featuring clips of the previous winners. 

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We'll update you here as soon as the winner is announced at 17:45 GMT, but if you want to follow full coverage before then, head to the BBC African Football website.   

Mali-EU deal to reduce migration criticised

BBC World Service

A civil society group in Mali has criticised a deal signed by the government and the European Union to reduce migration to Europe. 

Under the terms of the new agreement, the EU will provide funds to Mali to help it create jobs and strengthen border management.

In return, Mali is expected to help fight people smugglers, and accept deportees from Europe. 

The group, Collectif Bi-Ton, says a massive return of Malian migrants would be bad for the country, in particular because they currently send back large amounts of money every year in remittances. 

Burkina Faso boss: I want more people like me in top jobs

Delphine Traore Maidou from Burkina Faso is the head of insurance giant Allianz in Africa and she wants to see more people who "look like her" in the top jobs.

In her work she tries to mentor others so she doesn't end up "sitting alone in the C-suite as a woman and as a black person".

Burkina Faso boss: I want more people like me in the top jobs

EU 'sanctions on DR Congo officials'

Protesters in DR Congo
Reuters
At least 50 people died in September amid mass street protests against the president

The European Union has imposed sanctions against seven top security officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo for their alleged role in deadly clashes with protesters demanding that President Joseph Kabila step down, AFP news agency reports. 

"Foreign ministers took the decision today to impose restrictive measures on seven individuals who occupy positions of responsibility in the security forces and who used disproportionate force," the agency quotes an EU statement as saying. 

DR Congo's election commission postponed polls due last month, opening the way for Mr Kabila to remain in power.

Egypt suicide bomber named

Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has attended a state funeral for victims of an attack at Cairo's Coptic Christian cathedral, naming the suicide bomber he said was responsible.

Mr Sisi, who has declared three days of national mourning, named Shafik Mahmoud Mohamed Mostafa, 22, as the attacker.

The bombing killed 24 people, many of them women and children.

Mr Sisi said that three men and a woman had been arrested in connection with the bombing.

Victims caskets draped in flag
EPA

See earlier post for more details 

Barrow welcomes foreign intervention

Supporters of opposition candidate Adama Barrow cheering on the streets of Banjul, after the latter pulled off a stunning victory in the Gambia, comfortably winning a presidential election and putting an end to the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh, official results showed on December 2, 2016
AFP
The Gambia has never had a smooth transfer of power since independence

The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has welcomed plans by a high-level African and UN delegation to visit the West African state tomorrow to put pressure on long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh to accept defeat in the 1 December election. 

Mr Barrow is quoted by AFP news agency as saying: 

It's giving us confidence and it will give confidence to every Gambian that the world is concerned about Gambia."

The flag-bearer of the coalition of the seven opposition political parties in Gambia Adama Barrow (C), greets supporters at a gathering in Jambur on November 26, 2016
AFP
Mr Barrow won the election by a narrow margin

AFP reports that apart from Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari, the delegation is likely to include Liberia's President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in her capacity as head of the West African regional bloc Ecowas and UN West Africa envoy Mohamed Ibn Chambas. 

Ghana's President John Mahama is also expected to attend. 

Mr Mahama has accepted his defeat in Ghana's election, and has promised a smooth transfer of power to incoming President Nana Akufo-Addo. 

Mr Barrow rejected Mr Jammeh's decision to challenge the result in the Supreme Court, saying: 

We don't have time to fight again. The Supreme Court wasn't existing for the last one year. There are a pile of cases that are waiting... but he doesn't care about it."

Nigeria's leader 'to fly to The Gambia'

Naziru Mikailu

BBC Abuja editor

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari and other West African leaders will travel to The Gambia tomorrow in a bid to end the political crisis in the tiny West African nation, following authoritarian ruler Yahya Jammeh's refusal to accept defeat at the hands of former estate agent Adama Barrow, a senior government official has told me on condition of anonymity. 

I understand that the leaders will meet Mr Jammeh to try to convince him to honour his initial pledge to give up power.  

They will also meet Mr Barrow who has said he is concerned about his safety and has called on the international community to put pressure on Mr Jammeh to step down immediately. 

According to the electoral commission's latest count, as a result of the vote on 1 December:

  • Mr Barrow won 222,708 votes (43.3%)
  • Mr Jammeh took 208,487 (39.6%)
  • A third-party candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 89,768 (17.1%).
02/12/2016 AFP/Getty Images A man dressed like incumbent president Yahya Jammeh (C) parades with supporters of the newly elected president Adama Barrow as they celebrate his victory during the presidential elections in Serekunda on December 2, 2016.
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Gambians celebrated after Mr Jammeh's defeat in the 1 December poll was announced

Barrow: 'We want The Gambia to start moving'

This video grab taken from footage shot by AFPTV shows The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow gesturing to the crowd following his victory in the polls in Kololi on December 2, 2016.
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Mr Barrow pulled off a surprise victory

The Gambia's President-elect Adama Barrow has urged authoritarian ruler Yahya Jammeh to accept that his 22-year rule has ended and that he was defeated in elections on 1 December.

AFP news agency quotes him as saying: 

I think he should step down now. He has lost the election, we don't want to waste time, we want this country to start moving."

Read: From estate agent to president

Ecowas: Jammeh's behaviour 'shameful'

Yahya Jammeh
Reuters
Yahya Jammeh says he will challenge his election defeat in court

The president of West Africa's regional bloc says that The Gambia could be plunged into violence by the president's decision to reject election results in which he was defeated, AP news agency reports.

Ecowas head Marcel Alain de Souza said President Yahya Jammeh must respect The Gambian people's choice, describing his U-turn as shameful. 

Mr Jammeh conceded victory to property developer Adama Barrow immediately after the election, but changed his mind on Saturday. 

He alleged that the 1 December poll was marred by irregularities and demanded a new vote organised by a "God-fearing" electoral commission. 

Watch BBC interview with Ghana's president-elect

Ghana's President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo will have a full in-tray when he takes office next month, after he defeated incumbent John Mahama in last week's election. 

Here's a video of his interview with BBC Focus on Africa's Akwasi Sarpong: 

Nana Akufo-Addo: 'No witch-hunt' in Ghana

And if you prefer a write-up of the interview see our earlier post. 

Gambia opposition 'wants foreign support' to dislodge Jammeh

A Gambian journalist has been tweeting updates from the press conference being given by the coalition which was declared the official winner of presidential elections:

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A correspondent for the UK's Guardian newspaper, also in Banjul, says the statement marks a change in tactics from president-elect Adama Barrow's camp:

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Gambia coalition calls for Jammeh to stand down at once

Gambia"s President Yahya Jammeh attends the plenary session of the Africa-South America Summit on Margarita Island September 27, 2009
Reuters
Mr Jammeh has changed his mind about stepping down

The coalition led by Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow has called for long-serving ruler Yahya Jammeh to step down immediately and hand over power, Reuters news agency reports. 

Mr Jammeh has said he plans to contest his election defeat at the Supreme Court, after a shock U-turn on Friday when he renounced his previous concession to his opponent. 

Gambia currently has no sitting Supreme Court and the coalition said in the statement that the president has no constitutional authority in his final days in office to name new judges to hear his petition. 

You watch a press conference being addressed Mr Barrow's aides here: 

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Nigeria mourns victims of building collapse

All flags are flying at half mast in Nigeria's south-east Akwa Ibom state to mourn the at least 100 people who died when a church building collapsed in the state capital Uyo on Saturday.

The state government has announced two days of mourning, which began on Sunday. 

Those inside the Reigners Bible Church included Akwa Ibom state governor Udom Emmanuel, who survived the disaster. 

The church was still under construction and workers had rushed to complete it for the ordination, witnesses said.

The scene at the collapsed church
AP

Bashir 'will not be toppled by WhatsApp activists'

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir (L) and candidate in the presidential elections greets supporters as he arrives at a polling station to cast his vote at the Saint Francis school in Khartoum on April 13, 2015.
AFP
Mr Bashir took power in a coup in 1989

Sudan's President Omar al-Bashir has vowed to defeat anti-government protesters, saying his regime will not be overthrown by activists on "keyboards and WhatsApp", AFP news agency reports. 

His comments came after opposition activists called for a two-day nationwide strike next week to protest against a cut in fuel subsidies and a rise in the price of goods, including medicine.

Mr Bashir told supporters at a rally in the eastern town of Kesala that "in the past few days we have heard some people, who are hiding behind their keyboards, calling for the overthrow of the regime", AFP reports. 

He added: 

We want to tell them that if you want to overthrow the regime, then face us directly on the streets. I challenge you to come out onto the streets.

But we know you will not come because you know what happened in the past... This regime will not be overthrown by keyboards and WhatsApp."

Kenyan busker entertains with mobile music studio

Our colleague Robert Kiptoo has sent us this video of a busker in the northern town of Matunda who entertains locals with his own homemade mobile music studio.

One-man band Shikuku Wekesa, who sings, drums, plays the accordion and the cymbals all at the same time with his ingenious device, says he earns about $20-30 a day by playing to passers-by. 

See him in action below:

Kenyan busker performs using home-made mobile music studio

BBC African Footballer of the Year to be revealed

BBC african footballer of year candidates
BBC

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Andre Ayew, Riyad Mahrez, Sadio Mane or Yaya Toure will be crowned BBC African Footballer of the Year winner later today.

Fans from across the world voted for who they want to win the award in 2016.

The shortlist will be cut down in no particular order.

Three names will be eliminated live on Sport Today on BBC World Service radio and online from about 15:40 GMT.

And the winner will be revealed in a live broadcast on BBC Focus on Africa TV, radio and here on Africa Live from 17:45 GMT.

Nigeria police bust 'fake Trinidad and Tobago embassy'

Police in Nigeria's main city, Lagos, say they have smashed a fake embassy racket, in which Chinese and Nigerian fraudsters allegedly conned people out of thousands of dollars by issuing them fake visas and promises of work in the Caribbean, the local Punch newspaper reports.

headline snippet reads "Fake embassy found in Lagos, two Chinese arrested", with picture of suspects below
Punch

Following a sting operation, police arrested two Chinese and two Nigerian suspects at the premises of the "fake embassy" in the suburbs of Lagos, the paper adds. 

  The suspects have not yet commented on the allegation and have not yet appeared in court.   

Victims of the fraud are quoted by the paper as saying that they paid up to $4,000 (£3,100) each for flights and visas to travel to Trinidad and Tobago, on the promise of well-paid jobs when they arrived. 

Instead, those arriving with the fake documents were arrested at the airport and deported back to Nigeria. 

“They beat me up and starved me for two days. I was lucky to have been deported,” one of the alleged victims told Punch. 

Trinidad and Tobago's High Commission confirmed to the paper that they did not use agents to issue visas and had no connection to the arrested Chinese suspects.

South Africa's scrubland plant entrepreneur

South Africa's Western Cape has more botanic biodiversity than the rainforests of the Amazon. Most of this is composed of "fynbos" - scrubland plants - the majority of which do not grow anywhere else in the world.

Fynbos has given one entrepreneur the opportunity to develop her business from a backyard near Cape Town and to become a major horticultural supplier.

BBC Africa Business Report travelled to Paarl in the Western Cape to speak to Jacky Goliath of De Fynne Nursery.

South Africa's scrubland plant entrepreneur

Cameroonians riff on minister's 'extreme handshake'

Cameroonians have been getting creative on social media to poke fun at a minister who greeted President Paul Biya with a bow so deep that it almost looked like a yoga pose.

Here's the photo of Sports Minister Pierre Bidoung in action, to which one Twitter user has added some geometric signposts to help illustrate the angle:

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The hashtag #BidoungChallenge is now trending in Cameroon, with many trying to outdo the minister with their own gymnastic greetings: 

Cameroon's #bidoungchallenge Mr minister trying to secure his position with Mr President hahah @KathleenNdongmo
Cameroon's #bidoungchallenge Mr minister trying to secure his position with Mr President hahah @KathleenNdongmo
Cameroon's #bidoungchallenge Mr minister trying to secure his position with Mr President hahah @KathleenNdongmo
Cameroon's #bidoungchallenge Mr minister trying to secure his position with Mr President hahah @KathleenNdongmo

Cameroon's #bidoungchallenge Mr minister trying to secure his position with Mr President hahah @KathleenNdongmo

And it looks like even the army has been getting involved:

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Funeral held for Egypt bomb victims

Egypt's Coptic community has held a funeral service for 25 Christians killed in a bombing on Sunday at a church next to the main cathedral in the capital Cairo, the AP news agency reports. 

The victims' coffins were laid in front of the altar, with their names displayed on the side facing the congregation. 

Egyptians and clergymen stand next to the coffins of the victims of a bomb explosion that targeted a Coptic Orthodox Church the previous day in Cairo, during their funeral in the Egyptian capital"s Nassr City neighbourhood on December 12, 2016.
AFP

The spiritual head of Egypt's Orthodox Christians, Pope Tawadros II, led the service and at one point, lent on his staff and quietly prayed in front of the coffins, AP reports. 

He had cut short a visit to Greece and returned home after the bombing. 

Dozens of others were injured in the blast in a chapel adjoining St Mark's cathedral during a Sunday service.  

Gambia poll chief 'rebuffs Jammeh'

Incumbent Gambian president Yahya Jammeh (C) leaves the polling booth after casting his marble for presidential election in a polling station, in Banjul on December 01, 2016.
AFP
Mr Jammeh first seized power in a coup in 1994

The Gambia's electoral commission chief has warned President Yahya Jammeh that his bid to overturn the election result will not change the fact that he lost to property developer Adama Barrow, Reuters news agency reports. 

Alieu Momarr Njai told the agency: 

The election results were correct, nothing will change that. If it goes to court, we can prove every vote cast. The results are there for everyone to see."

Mr Jammeh said on Saturday that he he would challenge his defeat in the Supreme Court, alleging that the poll was marred by irregularities.

Initially, he accepted defeat and said he would go and retire on his farm.

Mr Barrow won 222,708 votes (43.34%), compared with Mr Jammeh's 208,487 (39.6%). A third candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 89,768 (17.1%).

 Read: How Jammeh lost 

Ghana's next president promises 'no witch-hunt'

Nana Akufo-Addo speaks to supporters before the official results in Accra, on December 8, 2016.
AFP
Mr Akufo-Addo was third-time lucky in his presidential bid

Ghana's President-elect Nana Akufo-Addo says a special prosecutor's office will be set up to fight corruption, as he did not want to give the impression that he is carrying out a "witch-hunt" against his opponents. 

In an interview with BBC Focus on Africa radio presenter Akwasi Sarpong, he said:

"We have decided that as much as possible we want to take the politics out of it so that screams of witch-hunts etc don't arise by establishing an office of a special prosecutor; of somebody who will be independent of the executive and whose remit will be to investigate and tackle issues of corruption.

And hopefully that person is going to be somebody who commands the respect of the society and at the same time has an independent mind to make the decisions."

Mr Akufo-Addo also told the BBC that his main priority once he is inaugurated will be to tackle the economic crisis and bring down the "alarmingly" high level of unemployment among young people:

The Ghanaian economy has been in a nosedive for the past five years and low growth, widespread unemployment, huge debt, that's the reality of our situation in Ghana.

And especially the unemployment amongst the youth has reached alarming proportions. And if we don't find a method of dealing with it, our country and society is going to run into all kinds of problems down the line."

Mr Akufo-Addo defeated President John Mahama in last week's election securing 53.85% of the votes while his his rival got 44.40%. Turnout was at 68.62%.

Mr Mahama accepted defeat, and is expected to hand power to Mr Akufo-Addo next month.

Read: Mr Akufo-Addo in profile    

Today's wise words

Our African proverb of the day; 

A polygamous man is killed by hunger."

Sent by Owusu-Nkrumah, Kunsu-Kumasi, Ghana

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