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Gambia's Jammeh Shores Up Power Ahead of 5th Term Bid

A month after 29-year-old Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh seized power in Gambia in a bloodless coup in 1994, the U.S. ambassador cabled Washington to warn that the "anti-western" and "anti-democratic" new president was seeking an "open mandate." As Gambia marks the 21st anniversary of Jammeh's rule, Andrew Winter's warning still resonates as rights groups accuse the president of cracking down on opponents ahead of an expected bid for a fifth term next...

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