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Gambia - Counttry Profile

Gambia is the smallest nation within mainland Africa.  The country gained independence from Britain in 1965, under the leadership of Dawda Jawara. Jawar ruled until Yahya Jammeh seized power in a coup in 1994. Adama Barrow became the Gambia’s third president in January 2017, after defeating Jammeh in the December 2016 elections. Yahyah Jameh rejected the results which he accepted earlier. This triggered a crisis and resulted in a military intervention by ECOWAS. Jameh was eventually exiled. 

Security, Peace and Governance

Gambia is a largely stable country. The challenge of high unemployment and inequality poses a threat.

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