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Vol 38 No 19

Published 26th September 1997


Gambia

No sanctions here

Donor pressure for democratisation is having only a limited impact

Possession seems to be nine-tenths of the law for Gambia's external partners. They have grown resigned to dealing with President Yahyah Jammeh since he converted his military regime into a civilian-looking government in late 1996. The conversion occurred via dubious (according to international observers) elections won by his Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC). Jammeh recently hosted the 20th anniversary conference of the Club du Sahel, a forum run by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, a club of industrialised countries. This was planned as a showcase for his new, ballot-box-enhanced stature. Club officials pointedly remarked that Gambia was merely taking its alphabetical turn.

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