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Vol 54 No 17

Published 23rd August 2013


Gambia

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

President Yahya Jammeh likes to be seen to be in charge, active and striking everywhere. This month alone he has sacked three ministers, while the former Chief Justice, Joseph Wowo, finds himself in court on charges of issuing false information. Jammeh also pardoned and expelled 19 foreign prisoners to mark the end of Ramadan, Eid al Fitr. Meanwhile, an opposition activist, Dodou Kassa Jatta, fled Gambia for fear of being murdered by Jammeh in a ritual sacrifice, an opposition website claimed.

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