Gambia

Demonstrators during a march commemorating victims of Gambia's former regime, in Serekunda, on April 10, 2017.

Truth First, Reconciliation Later

After decades of dictatorship, Gambia has launched a truth commission. But in a country where some victims were also perpetrators, delivering justice to all won’t be easy.

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Gambia’s Ousted Dictator Is Living the Good Life in a Palace in Equatorial Guinea

Yahya Jammeh has kept a low profile since he was run out of Banjul in January. FP finds him holed up at a luxurious villa in another African kleptocracy.

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh arrives at the Elysee palace to participate in the Elysee summit for peace and safety in Africa, on December 6, 2013 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/ ALAIN JOCARD        (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Fall of Africa’s Loneliest Despot

How West Africa forced out Gambia's dictator, and strengthened its democracy, without firing a shot.

Incumbent Gambian President Yahya Jammeh listens to one of his aides in Banjul on November 29, 2016, during the closing rally of the electoral campaign of the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC). 
More than 880,000 voters are expected to cast their ballots when the west African country goes to the polls on December 1, 2016. Jammeh has won four elections with his ruling Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction, following a 2002 constitutional amendment lifting term limits. Rights bodies and media watchdogs including Reporters Without Borders (RSF) accuse Jammeh of cultivating a "pervasive climate of fear" and of crushing dissent against his regime, one cause of the mass exodus of Gambian youths to Europe. / AFP / MARCO LONGARI        (Photo credit should read MARCO LONGARI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Real Reason Gambia’s President Isn’t Stepping Down

First he conceded defeat. Then he challenged the legitimacy of the vote. What explains the flip-flop that is threatening the stability of this tiny African country?

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The Biggest Election Surprise of the Year May Actually Be in West Africa

How Gambia’s dictator lost his own election to a former London retail security guard.

Members of Burundi's National Assembly raise their arm to vote on October 12, 2016 in Bujumbura, for the withdrawal of the International Criminal Court (ICC) from the capital, after the UN began an enquiry into human rights abuses in the turbulent nation.
The draft law was passed with 94 votes in favour, two against and 14 abstentions. It will next go to the Senate -- also dominated by the ruling party -- before being approved by President Pierre Nkurunziza. In April, ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she was conducting a "preliminary examination" of the situation in Burundi -- the first step towards a full investigation and possible prosecutions -- looking into allegations including murder, torture, rape and forced disappearances. / AFP / ONESPHORE NIBIGIRA        (Photo credit should read ONESPHORE NIBIGIRA/AFP/Getty Images)

Is the International Criminal Court Crumbling Before Our Eyes?

With three African countries giving notice that they intend to abandon the ICC, a coordinated exodus might soon be coming.

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh arrives at the Elysee palace to participate in the Elysee summit for peace and safety in Africa, on December 6, 2013 in Paris. AFP PHOTO/ ALAIN JOCARD        (Photo credit should read ALAIN JOCARD/AFP/Getty Images)

The Worst Dictatorship You’ve Never Heard Of

Gambia is facing its biggest protest movement in years. It will either be a breakthrough or a bloodbath.

Bakau, GAMBIA:  Election officials set up marbles on a board to count the votes after the presidential elections in Bakau early 22 September 2006. Early results today showed Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in a coup 12 years ago, was on track to win a third term as president of mainland Africa's smallest country. Jammeh has won in 12 of the 48 voting regions to have reported provisional results from yesterday's presidential election, according to the results released by the commission over national television and radio.AFP PHOTO SEYLLOU  (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

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