Crisis in Gambia: Dictator, Who Threatened to Behead Gays, Refuses to Step Down

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The West African nation of The Gambia is in turmoil this week after its president, Yahya Jammeh, announced that the election last month, which he lost, was rigged therefore he would not be stepping aside for the winner, Adama Barrow.

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On Thursday Senegal, which surrounds Gambia on three sides, sent troops into the country to forcibly remove the repressive leader.

In 2008 Jammeh told supporters at a political rally that he would “cut off the head” of any gay person found in the country. Ironically Gambia is the host nation of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. In the past Jammeh has claimed to have miraculous powers such as being able to cure people living with HIV.


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