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Vol 37 No 14

Published 5th July 1996


Dodging democracy

Having drawn up the rules, Captain Jammeh is to select his electoral opponents

Gambia's military rulers, like Nigeria's, appear to have got the better of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and its attempts to encourage democracy and human rights. After a visit to Banjul on 12-13 June led by Ghanaian Foreign Minister Obed Asamoah, with deputy ministers from Canada and New Zealand, the Commonwealth group declared itself broadly satisfied with the Gambian military's programme to restore civil rule. This is in spite of the continued banning of all political parties, over 100 people detained without trial and reports of gross corruption by army officers and their civilian colleagues. The Commonwealth delegation spent most of its time with government officials and did not meet leaders of the two biggest (and banned) parties.

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