Gambia Protests and Crackdown Set the Stage for Months of Turmoil

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh arriving at a security summit, Abuja, Nigeria, Feb. 27, 2014 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh arriving at a security summit, Abuja, Nigeria, Feb. 27, 2014 (AP photo by Sunday Alamba).

The series of protests that have gripped parts of Gambia since mid-April present a serious political test for longtime President Yahya Jammeh, who has ruled the tiny West African state since seizing power in a bloodless coup nearly 22 years ago. The protests come at a time when the Gambian government faces international censure for alleged human rights violations, amid reports of security forces employing heavy-handed tactics against demonstrators. With a deteriorating fiscal situation and a presidential election scheduled for December, Gambia could find itself mired in turmoil for months to come. Yet despite Jammeh’s precarious position, the Gambian strongman […]

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