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Vol 44 No 17

Published 29th August 2003


Gambia

Friends new and old

Jammeh must keep new friends in D.C. away from old mates in Tripoli and Monrovia

In recent years, President Yahya Jammeh has quietly established himself as one of former Liberian President Charles Taylor's best allies in West Africa. Their relationship seemed to grow as Taylor's alliance waned with President Blaise Compaoré of Burkina Faso, once the linch-pin of his regional network. A few days before leaving Monrovia for Calabar, Liberian former First Lady Jewel Taylor flew to Banjul with a large group of family members, apparently to set up a fallback in case the Nigerian deal fell through.

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