The Gambia Presidential Election, 24 November 2011

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The Report of the Commonwealth Expert Team for The Gambia Presidential Election, held on 24 November 2011. The Group was led by Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, former Foreign Affairs Minister of Nigeria, and was comprised of five experts in total.



Political Background

The Gambia achieved independence on 18 February 1965, as a constitutional monarchy within the Commonwealth, and subsequently became a republic on 24 April 1970, following a referendum. President Sir Dawda Jawara of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) dominated political life from independence until 1994 when Lieutenant Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh led the military coup that ousted him.


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