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  Jammeh, Yahya
AffiliationAlliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction  
NameYahya Jammeh
, , Gambia, The
Born May 25, 1965 (58 years)
ContributorThomas Walker
Last ModifedJuan Croniqueur
May 25, 2023 06:14pm
Tags Army - Islam -
InfoYahya (Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung) Jammeh (born May 25, 1965) is the President of the Gambia. As chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council, he took control of the country in a military coup in July 1994, and was elected as president two years later, in September 1996, in widely criticized elections. He founded the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction as his political party. Jammeh was re-elected on October 18, 2001 with about 53% of the vote; this election was generally deemed free and fair by observers.

President Jammeh was formerly named Yahya Alphonse Jemus Jebulai Jammeh.

Jammeh has been accused of restricting freedom of the press; harsh new press laws were followed by the unsolved killing of a reporter who had been critical of them, Deyda Hydara, in December 2004. Jammeh has denied that security agents were involved in the killing. A coup attempt against Jammeh was reported to have been thwarted on March 21, 2006; Jammeh, who was in Mauritania at the time, quickly returned home. Army chief of staff Ndure Cham, the alleged leader of the plot, reportedly fled to neighboring Senegal, while other alleged conspirators were arrested and have been put on trial for treason.

Jammeh ran for a third term as president on September 22, 2006; the election was initially planned for October but was moved forward because of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He was re-elected with 67.3% of the vote and was declared the winner of the election; opposition candidate Ousainou Darboe finished second, as in 2001. Darboe rejected the results, saying that the election was not free and fair and that there was widespread intimidation.



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Jan 22, 2017 10:00pm Report Exiled former president Yahya Jammeh 'stole $11.4m' from the Gambia  Article IndyGeorgia 
May 19, 2008 01:00pm Idiocy President plans to kill off every single homosexual  Article RBH 

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