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Gambia

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The Gambian

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law degree

UK

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local medicine

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Gambian president Yahya Jammeh has claimed that Senegal is a "bad neighbour" that plays host to his enemies, in an interview with Senegal's national television station Radiodiffusion et Television du Senegal (RTS).


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FILE - Yahya Jammeh, president of Gambia, was traveling when conspirators attacked the presidential palace in December.

Third American Citizen Charged in Gambia Coup Plot


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A giant billboard of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh sits on an empty street in Banjul Gambia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Heavy gunfire rang out Tuesday near the presidential palace in the tiny West African nation of Gambia, residents said, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is out of the country. Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup when he was 29 years old, left the capital of Banjul for France on Saturday, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. visit-from-img|article-5989012|river-40398-1col-hp-27|1 | comments_jump_river|article-5989012|article-5989012|1 | Gambia president accuses 'terrorist groups' of coup attemptvisit|article-5989012|river-40398-1col-hp-27|1

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A giant billboard of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh sits on an empty street in Banjul Gambia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Heavy gunfire rang out Tuesday near the presidential palace in the tiny West African nation of Gambia, residents said, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is out of the country. Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup when he was 29 years old, left the capital of Banjul for France on Saturday, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. visit-from-img|article-5989012|river-40398-1col-hp-27|1 | comments_jump_river|article-5989012|article-5989012|1 | Gambia president accuses 'terrorist groups' of coup attemptvisit|article-5989012|river-40398-1col-hp-27|1
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A giant billboard of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh sits on an empty street in Banjul Gambia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Heavy gunfire rang out Tuesday near the presidential palace in the tiny West African nation of Gambia, residents said, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is out of the country. Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup when he was 29 years old, left the capital of Banjul for France on Saturday, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Photo: AP Photo, AP / AP
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A giant billboard of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh sits on an empty street in Banjul Gambia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Heavy gunfire rang out Tuesday near the presidential palace in the tiny West African nation of Gambia, residents said, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is out of the country. Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup when he was 29 years old, left the capital of Banjul for France on Saturday, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Photo: AP Photo, AP / AP
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FILE- In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh arrives for a summit to address a seminar on security during an event marking the centenary of the unification of Nigeria's north and south in Abuja, Nigeria. Heavy gunfire is reported Tuesday Dec. 30, 2014, near the presidential palace in Gambia, according to local residents, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is currently visiting France, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Photo: Sunday Alamba, AP / AP
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, file photo, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, center, leaves a central Banjul polling station after casting his vote for president in Banjul, Gambia. Heavy gunfire is reported Tuesday Dec. 30, 2014, near the presidential palace in Gambia, according to local residents, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is currently visiting France, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, AP / AP
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A giant billboard of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh sits on an empty street in Banjul Gambia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Heavy gunfire rang out Tuesday near the presidential palace in the tiny West African nation of Gambia, residents said, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is out of the country. Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup when he was 29 years old, left the capital of Banjul for France on Saturday, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
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A giant billboard of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh sits on an empty street in Banjul Gambia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Heavy gunfire rang out Tuesday near the presidential palace in the tiny West African nation of Gambia, residents said, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is out of the country. Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup when he was 29 years old, left the capital of Banjul for France on Saturday, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
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FILE- In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh arrives for a summit to address a seminar on security during an event marking the centenary of the unification of Nigeria's north and south in Abuja, Nigeria. Heavy gunfire is reported Tuesday Dec. 30, 2014, near the presidential palace in Gambia, according to local residents, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is currently visiting France, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, file photo, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, center, leaves a central Banjul polling station after casting his vote for president in Banjul, Gambia. Heavy gunfire is reported Tuesday Dec. 30, 2014, near the presidential palace in Gambia, according to local residents, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is currently visiting France, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals.
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Photo: AP Photo, AP A giant billboard of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh sits on an empty street in Banjul Gambia, Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014. Heavy gunfire rang out Tuesday near the presidential palace in the tiny West African nation of Gambia, residents said, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is out of the country. Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a 1994 coup when he was 29 years old, left the capital of Banjul for France on Saturday, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. A giant billboard of Gambia President Yahya Jammeh sits on an empty... Image 2 of 3 Photo: Sunday Alamba, AP FILE- In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh arrives for a summit to address a seminar on security during an event marking the centenary of the unification of Nigeria's north and south in Abuja, Nigeria. Heavy gunfire is reported Tuesday Dec. 30, 2014, near the presidential palace in Gambia, according to local residents, raising the specter of a coup attempt while the longtime ruler is currently visiting France, state media reported. On Tuesday, soldiers linked to his presidential guard were believed to be involved in the fighting, according to witnesses who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisals. FILE- In this Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, file photo, Gambia's... Image 3 of 3 Photo: Rebecca Blackwell, AP FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 22, 2006, file photo, Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, center, leaves a central Banjul polling station after casting his vote for president in Banjul, Gambia.
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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - Soldiers loyal to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh went house-to-house in search of opponents Thursday after the longtime leader blamed "terrorist groups" for staging a coup attempt earlier this week.
Jammeh, who was out of the country at the time of Tuesday's attack but has since returned to Banjul, the capital, alleged that the coup plotters had received backing from some foreign countries.
"I live for the


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DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - Soldiers loyal to Gambian President Yahya Jammeh went house-to-house in search of opponents Thursday after the longtime leader blamed "terrorist groups" for staging a coup attempt earlier this week.

Jammeh, who was out of the country at the time of Tuesday's attack but has since returned to Banjul, the capital, alleged that the coup plotters had received backing from some foreign countries.
"I live for the Gambia and I will die fighting for the truth. No human being can do anything to me, my government or the Gambia," Jammeh said.
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Gambia is a small sliver of a country surrounded by Senegal where human rights activists say Jammeh has long targeted political opponents, journalists, and gays and lesbians.
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Jammeh is one of Africa's most vocal anti-gay leaders and has previously threatened to behead sexual minorities found in his country. The U.S. government recently removed Gambia from a trade agreement in response to human rights abuses, including a law signed in October that imposes life imprisonment for some homosexual acts.
Jammeh also drew swift condemnation from activists in 2007 after he insisted that HIV-positive patients stop taking their antiretroviral medications, claiming he could cure them with an herbal body rub and bananas.


Jammeh was reported to have ...

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Jammeh was reported to have vowed to kill all 47 death row inmates, in a speech to mark the Muslim festival of Eid. He promised that "by the middle of next month, all death sentences would have been carried out to the letter; there is no way my government will allow 99% of the population to be held ransom by criminals". Muslims all over the world practice the Sunna of fasting; a time to ask for forgiveness, a time to relate to the sufferings of the have-nots and a time for peace. Muslims, who can afford it, though not obligatory, but like during Eid-ul-Arda, celebrate this occasion with the ritual sacrifice of a sheep. It is a ritual that dates back to biblical times, when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son Isaac, to him. It sounds like in the case of Jammeh; human sacrifice was strictly on the menu. This could be considered rich; coming from a man who, after winning his fourth term in power in a widely dubious election, told the BBC that "his critics could "go to hell" because he feared "only Allah". God-fearing may have taken another meaning. (Photo: Abdulai Mansaray, author)

The implications of his latest penchant for notoriety have had far reaching repercussions and reactions. Amnesty International's deputy director for the African region condemned "the decision of the Gambian President Yahya Jammeh to execute nine prisoners after more than a quarter of a century without execution would be a giant leap backwards".
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The Civil Society Associations Gambia (CSAG) said in a statement that "on the day of Eid-al-Fitr, when Muslims the world over seek forgiveness, extend messages of peace and love, show solidarity with one another and those in distressing conditions that President Jammeh chose once again to show his brutality and repressive nature".
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President Jammeh seized power in a coup in 1994 and since then, he has systematically removed potential "Political competitors" from the scene, with the latest coming last year when he sentenced to death eight military top brass that included the former army and intelligence chiefs and the ex-deputy head of the police force for treason.
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But that is where the similarities and differences begin and end for Yahya Jammeh and Maada Wonie Bio. Yahya Jammeh has hung onto to power since 1994 and has been seen by his critics as one of the newest but last vestiges of African dictatorships, while Maada relinquished power following an election.
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As these clouds of doubts gather momentum, Yahya Jammeh's latest charade is bound to bring the focus back on to Bio Many will say that if Bio is to lead this country, accountability and a clean bill of political health will not go amiss. The appointment of Maada as presidential candidate was seen by many, including members of the SLPP as an unsafe bet.

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