State Department slams Gambian president for anti-LGBT remarks

State Department slams Gambian president for anti-LGBT remarks

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of State criticized Gambian President Yahya Jammeh for his anti-gay remarks at Gambia's national day ceremony on Tuesday.
JC Finley

Taiwan lawmakers suspect China in loss of Gambia ties

TAIPEI, Taiwan, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Lawmakers in Taiwan said they are concerned Gambia's decision to break diplomatic ties may indicate China is taking a tough stand with Taiwan's allies.

Britain 'regrets' Gambian decision to leave Commonwealth

LONDON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The British Foreign Office responded Thursday to The Gambia's decision to quit the Commonwealth by saying it regrets any member's departure.

Gambia's president announces withdrawal from British Commonwealth

BANJUL, Gambia, Oct. 2 (UPI) -- President Yahya Jammeh said Wednesday Gambia is withdrawing from the British Commonwealth, the first country to do so since Zimbabwe in 2003.

Gambia begins four-day work week

BANJUL, Gambia, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- The West African country Gambia has begun a four-day work week for its public sector employees, President Yahya Jammeh announced.

Gambia to link executions to crime rate

BANJUL, Gambia, Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh's conditional moratorium on executions leaves at least 38 death row prisoners at risk, Amnesty International said.

EU warns 'response' on Gambia executions

BRUSSELS, Aug. 28 (UPI) -- The European Union has threatened "an appropriate response" against Gambia in the wake of reports of executions carried out by the country's government.

Gambia reportedly executes 9 people

BANJUL, Gambia, Aug. 25 (UPI) -- Gambia reportedly has executed eight men and a woman and plans to put others to death soon, Amnesty International said.

Gambia: Death-row inmates face execution

BANJUL, Gambia, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said all death-row inmates will be executed by mid-September, sparking a global outcry from human rights groups.

8 Gambia coup plotters sentenced to die

BANJUL, Gambia, July 16 (UPI) -- Six military officials and two businessmen were sentenced to death Thursday for plotting to overthrow the Gambian government.

2 Gambian military leaders charged in coup

BANJUL, Gambia, June 18 (UPI) -- The former leader of Gambia's armed forces and a former head of the African nation's navy have been charged in a failed coup, authorities say.

Six imprisoned journalists freed in Gambia

BANJUL, Gambia, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Six journalists, all members of the Gambia Press Union, were released after being sentenced on sedition charges in August, Reporters without Borders said.

Controversy arises over Gambian HIV policy

BANJUL, Gambia, May 2 (UPI) -- Medical experts are criticizing the Gambia government for asking human immunodeficiency virus victims to stop taking anti-retroviral medications.

Gambian AIDS treatment contested

BANJUL, Gambia, March 17 (UPI) -- An herbal AIDS/HIV treatment used in Gambia has become a medical shuttlecock batted between its proponents and global health officials.

Gambian president announces AIDS cure

BANJUL, Gambia, March 9 (UPI) -- The president of Gambia claims that he can cure AIDS by a combination of prayer and herbal medicine.
Page 1 of 2

Alhaji Dr. Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh (Jola: يحيا آبدل-آزٌيز جمس خنكنغ ديلليو جمح; born May 25, 1965) is the President of The Gambia. He took control of the country in a bloodless military coup in 1994. ran for Elections later and he has won 3 elections certified by the International Election Observers as Free and Fair.

President Jammeh received his GCE O'Level Certificate after graduating with distinctive record from "Gambia High School"(the highest institution of education available in The Gambia at the time under the 30 years Post-Independence rule of the 1st President of the republic of the The Gambia, Sir. Dawda Kairab Jawara) He then joined the Gambian National Army in 1986, was commissioned a Lieutenant in 1989, and in 1992 became commander of the Gambian Military Police. He received extensive military training in Neighboring Senegal and at the world renowned Unites States of America military training institution namely, "U.S Army School of the Americas".

On July 22, 1994, a group of young officers in the Gambian National Army seized power from President Dawda Jawara in a bloodless coup by taking control of key facilities in the capital city, Banjul. The group identified itself as the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC). Jammeh, who was 29 years old at the time, was the chairman of the AFPRC. The AFPRC then suspended the constitution, sealed the borders, and implemented a curfew. The coup produced no fatalities. While Jammeh's new government justified the coup by decrying corruption and lack of democracy under the Jawara regime, army personnel had also been dissatisfied with their salaries, living conditions, and prospects for promotion.

This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License.
It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Yahya Jammeh."
Most Popular
Kelly Ripa's penthouse sells for $20M Kelly Ripa's penthouse sells for $20M
School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked School accused of using girl as rape bait; girl gets attacked
Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison Man who raped pit bull puppy sentenced to five years in prison
40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike 40 Islamic State fighters killed in U.S. air strike
Apple iPhone 6 Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note 4 - Specs Comparison