ARTICLES RELATING TO YAHYA JAMMEH

Gambia reopens borders with Senegal

2014-04-26 10:29

The Gambia has reopened its borders with Senegal, ending a week-long diplomatic stand-off between the west African neighbours.

Obama trying to blackmail us – Uganda

2014-02-19 09:01

Uganda has dismissed President Barack Obama’s call for its leader Yoweri Museveni not to sign an anti-homosexuality law, saying the US is trying to blackmail the east African country.

UK warns - anti-UK sentiment in Gambia

2014-02-10 20:56

The UK has warned its citizens of rising anti-British rhetoric from Gambia President Yahya Jammeh, who last year accused the former colonial power of organising coup attempts in the West African nation.

Gambia jails opposition leader for sedition

2013-12-19 11:43

Gambia has jailed a leading opposition politician for sedition after he helped two supporters planning to flee Finland, a report says.

Taiwan 'shocked' as Gambia cuts ties

2013-11-15 10:56

Taiwan has expressed shock and regret over Gambia's surprise announcement that it had broken off ties with the island after 18 years in its "strategic national interest".

Gays 'more deadly than natural disasters'

2013-09-30 11:41
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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has accused gays and lesbians of being one of the three "biggest threats to human existence", a report says.

Gambia threatens jail over 'false news'

2013-07-05 08:40

Gambia's parliament has made sweeping changes to the country's information law, introducing legislation that threatens those who spread "false news" with 15 years in prison and $100 000 in fines.

Gambia: Activists call for release of imam

2013-05-02 07:49

Activists in Gambia are calling on the government to release an imam who has been jailed for five months.

Gambia destroys 2 tons of Euro coke

2013-03-05 07:38

Gambia's government has held a public destruction of more than 2 tons of cocaine worth about $1bn seized in the West African nation in 2010.

US concerned over Gambia cleric's arrest

2013-01-08 11:10

The US has expressed "great concern" for the safety of outspoken Gambian religious leader Imam Baba Leigh, who was arrested last month and is being detained incommunicado.

Gambia opposition calls for Imam's release

2013-01-07 11:21

The main opposition figure in Gambia, Ousainou Darboe, has called for the release of a religious leader who was jailed last month and is known for being critical of President Yahya Jammeh.

Gambia appoints diplomat as minister

2012-10-19 09:53

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has appointed the country’s ambassador to neighbouring Senegal as the new minister of Fisheries and Water Resources, a statement says.

Commute death sentences, Jammeh told

2012-09-17 09:00

Gambia’s president has insisted he would not bow to pressure over his country’s use of capital punishment as the opposition urged him to commute death sentences.

Gambia: Executions will prevent crime

2012-09-05 17:47

Gambia's police chief says the execution of death row prisoners in the tiny west African nation, will make people think twice about committing crimes.

Amnesty urges Gambia to halt executions

2012-08-28 22:23

Amnesty International says it is appalled at the execution in Gambia of 9 death row prisoners by firing squad and is urging government not to kill the remaining prisoners.

Gambia to execute prisoners - Jammeh

2012-08-20 17:49

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has told the people of his tiny west African nation that by the middle of September all those already sentenced to death for crimes will be executed.

Gambia's ex-drugs tsar jailed for dealing

2012-05-16 22:49

A Gambian court has sentenced the country's former anti-drug chief and his deputy to eight years in jail for drug trafficking and a host of other related charges.

Gambia wraps poll campaign amid boycott

2012-03-27 21:35

Gambia wrapped up campaigning ahead of legislative polls, with six opposition parties maintaining a boycott after accusing the ruling party of loading the dice.

Gambia’s Jammeh dissolves cabinet

2012-02-03 13:51

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has dissolved his cabinet, two months after he was re-elected to a fourth term as the head of Africa mainland’s smallest country, the presidency says.

Gambia jails ex-minister for life

2012-01-17 22:32

A court in Gambia has sentenced a former information minister, who is also a US national, to life in prison for plotting to overthrow the government of President Yahya Jammeh.

Jammeh leads in vote tally so far

2011-11-25 10:27

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh is heading for a new term with a partial tally showing he won 77.35% of votes in a poll criticised regionally for intimidation of opposition groups and voters.

Jammeh: Only God can remove me from power

2011-11-21 14:43

Yahya Jammeh, who swapped army fatigues for flowing white robes and a sceptre, has ruled Gambia with an aura of mysticism and an iron fist since age 29, and says only God can remove him from power.

Date set for Gambia parliamentary vote

2011-10-05 09:06

The head of Gambia's independent electoral commission says the country’s parliamentary elections will take place on March 29 next year.

Gambia - ruling by Allah's grace

2011-07-18 20:20

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh says that neither the upcoming November presidential election nor a military coup, but only Allah, could unseat him from power.

Gambia jails ex army, navy chiefs

2011-05-23 22:10

Gambia's special criminal court has sentenced the former army and navy chiefs to 20 years in prison for treason for their involvement in a March 2006 coup attempt.

 

No English please, we're Gambians – president

2014-03-12 07:38

Gambia will drop English as its official language, President Yahya Jammeh says in his latest diatribe against former colonial power Britain.

Gambia's leader calls gays 'vermin'

2014-02-19 07:53

Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh has called homosexuals "vermin" and said his government would tackle them the same way as it fights malaria-causing mosquitoes.

Gambian president sacks chief justice

2014-02-05 21:52

Gambia's top judge has been sacked by President Yahya Jammeh after just six months in the job.

Taiwan offically breaks ties with Gambia

2013-11-18 12:59

Taiwan has terminated diplomatic relations with Gambia, after the West African nation's move to cut ties left it with a dwindling number of foreign allies.

Gambia pulls out of Commonwealth

2013-10-03 08:53

Gambia has announced that it is pulling out of the Common Wealth with immediate effect, saying it would "never be a member of any neo-colonial institution".

Gambian president sacks justice minister

2013-08-28 14:14

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has sacked his justice minister, the presidency has announced, the fifth cabinet member removed this month in an increasingly ruthless shake-up.

Gambia expels grocer, bans chicken legs

2013-06-07 22:34

The Gambia has banned the imports of frozen chicken legs after expelling one of the country's most powerful business magnates for stocking groceries months past their sell-by date.

Gambia outlaws male prostitution

2013-04-17 12:29

Gambia has introduced a raft of new laws criminalising male prostitution, cross dressing and the singing of abusive songs in public.

Gambia jails ex-police chief

2013-01-22 08:54

Gambia's special criminal court has sentenced the country’s former police chief to 10 years in prison for drug trafficking, corruption and theft.

Gambia detains AP reporter

2013-01-08 09:51

A Gambian journalist who contributes to The Associated Press has been held by security officials, who earlier searched his home, a report says.

Gambia gets 1st woman foreign minister

2012-11-02 17:16

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has appointed the country's United Nations representative as his new minister of foreign affairs, the first woman to hold the post in his 18-year rule.

Calls for halt to Gambia executions

2012-09-17 22:32

Rights group Amnesty International has called on Gambia to order a permanent halt to all executions and conduct a "transparent" review of the cases currently on death row.

Gambian closes down 2 newspapers

2012-09-15 14:10

Authorities in Gambia have ordered the closure of two leading newspapers for being "critical" of President Yahya Jammeh, intelligence sources say.

Gambia on edge amid mass executions

2012-08-29 10:01

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has come under attack for sending nine prisoners to the firing squad, leaving the tiny nation jittery as another 38 convicts await execution.

AU tries to stop Gambia's mass execution

2012-08-24 20:01

The African Union has asked Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh to renounce plans to execute all prisoners on death row, who include many political detainees.

G-Bissau's ousted interim PM returns home

2012-06-01 10:24

Guinea-Bissau's interim prime minister has returned to her home after seeking refuge at local European Union premises following a coup d’état in April.

Senegal's president in Gambia talks

2012-04-15 20:59

Senegalese President Macky Sall has arrived in Gambia for a one-day working visit on his first official trip since taking office.

Gambia president will cut off gay's head

2012-02-14 22:34

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh hasreiterated his stance that he would never accept homosexuality in his country, after recent pressure from abroad.

Gambia's Jammeh cracks the whip

2012-01-19 20:51

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has been sworn in for a fourth term, after vowing to clamp down on lazy workers, eradicate corruption and turn his tiny country into an economic superpower.

AU chief, Jammeh discuss Guinea-Bissau

2011-12-29 11:11

AU chief Jean Ping has held talks with Gambia’s president Yahya Jammeh in Banjul on the unrest in neighbouring Guinea-Bissau, whose government claims to have foiled a coup.

Gambia's Jammeh eyes fourth term

2011-11-22 21:03

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a bloodless coup 17 years ago, is seeking a fourth term in the presidential election.

Gambia poll campaign too short

2011-10-05 22:06

Gambian opposition parties are accusing the election commission of compromising November presidential polls by refusing to lengthen an 11-day election campaign.

Senegal urges Gambia - help end rebellion

2011-08-17 22:45

Senegalese President Abdulaye Wade has called on his Gambian counterpart to help him end the rebellion in Senegal's Casamance province.

Events in Libya 'tragic'

2011-06-03 09:07

The “tragic” unrest in Libya could cause a spike in cross-border crime, arms trafficking and terrorism, the presidents of Mauritania and Gambia have said.

Gambia voter registration begins

2011-05-05 20:09

Voter registration ahead of polls in November have kicked off in Gambia, after incumbent President Yahya Jammeh said he was sure to win.

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