{FD} Gambia leader’s hold on power ends with surprising speed


In July 1994, three days after Gambia’s first president was toppled by military officers, the local Daily Observer newspaper featured a front-page photo of coup leader Yahya Jammeh under the headline: “We Will Never Introduce Dictatorship In This Country.” In what the newspaper billed as the officers’ first post-coup interview, the men discussed the challenge of forming a government composed of “honest intellectuals.” Jammeh, then a 29-year-old lieutenant, said his plan was to step aside after three months so Gambia could hold democratic elections.