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Yearbook 2010

The Gambia. A tense political situation prevailed throughout the year, possibly an early start to the 2011 presidential campaign. In February, UN agency UNICEF representative Min Whee-Kang was expelled, who, without explanation, was given a day to leave the country. According to COUNTRYAAH, the decision was interpreted as a reaction to foreign criticism of the human rights violations in The Gambia.

2010 Gambia

During February and March, a large number of high ranking military, police, businessmen and a former minister were arrested and charged with planning a coup. In June, charges were also brought against former Marine Chief Sarjo Fofona and former Army Chief Langtombong Tamba for participation in a coup attempt in 2006. At the same time, General Tamba, along with seven other former senior officers, were facing trial for an alleged coup attempt in 2009. In July, they were convicted until death.

President Yahya Jammeh, who himself took power in a coup in 1994, accused the former colonial power of Britain of locking money to the opposition ahead of the 2011 presidential election.

In October, Parliament passed a law establishing the death penalty for possession of more than 250 grams of heroin or cocaine. Holding 100 to 250 grams gives up to 75 years in prison. The Gambia is becoming a transit country for drug deliveries to Europe. A lawsuit was held during the year against the former national police chief and the former head of the drug control authority for, among other things, drug crimes and robberies.

President Jammeh married a second wife, a 21-year-old diplomat daughter, during the year.

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