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Vol 50 No 15

Published 24th July 2009


Gambia

Fifteen years of one-man rule

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

Since Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh led a succesful coup just 15 years ago on 22 July 1994, he has managed his small country against strong domestic complaints, but without much interference from the neighbours. His regime poses no noticeable threat to the region - at least while, as at present, the festering problems of Senegal's Casamance region are on hold. The summit meeting of the Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) in Abuja in June spent a lot of time on the recent overthrow of the governments of Guinea and Guinea-Bissau, and on the drive for a third term by President Mamadou Tandja in Niger. Gambia was left alone.

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