Yahya (Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung) Jammeh (born May 25, 1965) is the President of The Gambia. As chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council, he took control of the country in a bloodless military coup in July 1994, and was elected as President two years later, in September 1996.
Jammeh ran for a third term in the presidential election held on September 22, 2006; the election was initially planned for October but was moved forward because of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. He was re-elected with 67.3% of the vote and was declared the winner of the election; opposition candidate Ousainou Darboe finished second, as in 2001. Darboe rejected the results, saying that the election was not free and fair and that there was widespread intimidation. Jammeh was sworn in for his third term on December 15.
In early December 2006, Jammeh made a three-day visit to Iran, where he met with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei; Ahmadinejad said that Iran would provide aid to assist in the development of The Gambia, and he and Jammeh spoke of deepening ties between the two countries.
In December 2007 he travelled to Taiwan with the objective of developing trade relations between the two countries.
In April 2004 he called on journalists to obey his government "or go to hell". In June 2005 he stated on radio and television that he has allowed "too much expression" in the country.
Fadzai Gwaradzimba, the country representative of the United Nations Development Programme in The Gambia, was told to leave the country after she expressed doubts about the claims and said the remedy might encourage risky behaviour.
In August 2007, Jammeh claimed to have developed a single dose herbal infusion that could treat high blood pressure.
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh benefited from a strong media bias and greater financial resources than his rivals to secure a new five-year term in elections, the African Union said.
Nov 28, 2011; Gambian President Yahya Jammeh benefited from a strong media bias and greater financial resources than his rivals to secure a new...
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said yesterday that neither the upcoming November 24 presidential election nor a military coup, but only God, could unseat him from power.
Jul 19, 2011; Gambian President Yahya Jammeh said yesterday that neither the upcoming November 24 presidential election nor a military coup,...
Gambian President Yahya Jammeh Has Said on Television That by the Middle of September, All Those Already Sentenced to Death for Crimes (Believed to Number about 47) Will Be Executed
Aug 21, 2012; Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has said on television that by the middle of September, all those already sentenced to death for...