Population: 1.91 mn.
GDP: $0.92 bn.
Debt: $0.52 bn.

December’s failed coup attempt elicited little sympathy for Yahya Jammeh's regime, whose record on human rights and corruption faces open criticism from the United Nations and Commonwealth. Yet, for now, a serious challenge to him and his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction ahead of the 2016 presidential elections remains unlikely.


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  • Vol 54 No 17
  •  23rd August 2013

Jammeh tightens the screw

The President clamps down on the media, sacks officials and raises tension with Senegal but his US backing may be weakening

  • Vol 53 No 19
  •  21st September 2012

Jammeh’s execution spree

What prompted President Yahya Jammeh to start eliminating all the residents of death row in Banjul’s infamous Mile Two Jail? Some attribute it to his heavy dependence on ‘spiritual’ advice from marabouts or use of grigri (magic).

  • Vol 53 No 8
  •  13th April 2012

Opposition poll boycott

After President Yahya Jammeh’s victory in November’s presidential poll surprised nobody, the parliamentary elections of 29 March were similarly predictable. Anticipating fraud, the five major opposition parties boycotted the polls. They thought abstentio...

  • Vol 53 No 6
  •  16th March 2012

Friends reunited?

Could President Yahya Jammeh, who has run one of the region’s most corrupt and brutal regimes since 1994, be planning to reopen diplomatic relations with Iran?

  • Vol 53 No 4
  •  17th February 2012

No freedom of the press

Although the President has consolidated his power, there is no let up in pressure on the media

  • Vol 52 No 23
  •  18th November 2011

‘No monster’ Jammeh heads for victory

The President can rely on foreign friends and weak opponents to stay in power

  • Vol 51 No 24
  •  3rd December 2010

Iranian guns and a king in Banjul

As he plans to install himself as monarch, President Jammeh has cut ties with Tehran over a mysterious arms shipment

  • Vol 51 No 15
  •  23rd July 2010

Coups and cocaine

The enforced celebration of 'Freedom Day' on 22 July, the 16th anniversary of President Yahya Jammeh's coup, prompted protests by exiles and human rights groups, who say the regime is increasingly repressive and that Banjul has become a regional centre fo...

  • Vol 50 No 22
  •  6th November 2009

Jammeh says what he thinks

The President's threats against human rights activists should spoil his welcome at the Commonwealth summit and elsewhere

  • Vol 50 No 15
  •  24th July 2009

Fifteen years of one-man rule

Few outsiders are prepared to support the doughty opponents of Yahya Jammeh's corrupt and brutal regime

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