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Gambia sells cars, planes to settle Jammeh’s huge debts.

Gambia is selling several planes and a fleet of luxury cars bought by former president Yahya Jammeh as it seeks to reduce a mountain of crippling debt contracted during the authoritarian leader’s decades-long rule. Jammeh, who seized power in a 1994 coup, fled Gambia early last year as West African …

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Gambia ruling party victorious in first local elections of the new era

Gambia’s ruling party won more than half the constituencies in the first local elections since longtime former ruler Yahya Jammeh left the west African country more than a year ago, the electoral commission said Friday. Local councils had been dominated by Jammeh’s former party, the APRC, but President Adama Barrow’s …

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The Gambia police have announced that they have arrested another senior intelligence official in connection with the April 2016 murder of activist, Solo Sandeng. Police spokesman David Kujabie said that NIA security chief James Mendy had been detained by police and was being investigated “in connection with the murder of …

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Gambia minister sets diplomatic row brewing with sex tourists.

Sex tourism comments attributed to Gambia’s minister of tourism and culture back in January 2018 has sparked a diplomatic row with Thailand. According to the Khaosodenglish new portal, the Thai embassy has handed a formal request to the Gambian government after its minister, Hamat Bah, suggested that sex tourists should head to …

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Gambia suspends death penalty en route to abolition.

Gambian President Adama Barrow on Sunday announced a moratorium on the death penalty as the West African country rebuilds its international standing following the removal last year of its longtime authoritarian ruler Yahya Jammeh. Capital punishment is on the decline across Africa, where governments executed 22 people in 2016 compared …

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Gambia rejoins the Commonwealth after 2013 exit.

The Commonwealth has confirmed the successful readmission of Gambia into the global bloc. The West African country becomes the 53rd nation but fourth to rejoin. The Gambia referred to as “smiling coast of West Africa” joins the likes of South Africa, Fiji and Pakistan who all left at a point …

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