‘Billion-year’ Gambian President Was Installed by the CIA
President and dictator Yahya Jammeh, facing a combined military force
composed of Senegalese army troops, the Nigerian air force, and troops
from Mali, Ghana, and Togo, has agreed to relinquish the presidency of
Gambia. On December 1, 2016, Jammeh was defeated for re-election in a
surprise upset by his little-known rival Adama Barrow. Jammeh received
only 45 percent of the vote.
the election campaign Jammeh vowed in an interview with the BBC to
«rule for one billion years». After initially conceding defeat to
Barrow, Jammeh reneged on his promise to step down and announced he
would remain as president.
Economic Community of West African Countries (ECOWAS) decided that
Jammeh had to go, a stance ironically supported by the United States,
which had assisted Jammeh in overthrowing Gambia’s
democratically-elected president, Sir Dauda K. Jawara, in 1994.