The Gambia. In January, the police temporarily imposed a ban on political meetings. The reason was clashes between supporters of deposed dictator Yahya Jammeh’s party the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Reconstruction (APRC) and people supporting the United Democratic Party (UDP), led by current President Adama Barrow. The ban was lifted at the end of the month. The unrest preceded the local elections held in April and which was a great success for the UDP, which got 62 out of 120 seats in the country’s eight local councils.
In January, Equatorial Guinea’s dictatorial president Teodoro Obiang Nguema announced that he will not extradite Yahya Jammeh, who has taken refuge in the country. According to Nguema, it would discourage other African leaders from giving up power if they cannot feel safe if, like Jammeh, they go into exile to avoid being brought to justice in their home country. The same month two former generals were arrested when they returned to their home country.
According to Countryaah.com, Banjul is the capital city of Gambia, a country located in Western Africa. The two officers accompanied Yahya Jammeh as he left the Gambia. The generals were accused of deserting and facing martial law in April.
In June, five jets and 30 luxury cars belonging to President Jammeh were sold. According to the government, the revenue would go to education. In October, a new Truth, Reconciliation and Repair Commission (TRRC) began investigating abuses committed under Jammeh’s 23-year rule.
In February, Gambia again joined the Commonwealth, an organization that left the country during Jammeh’s time in power. In March, Gambia was one of a total of 44 countries that signed an agreement to lead to an African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). The Gambian economy had, according to a forecast coming in July, gained momentum thanks to larger harvests and growing trade and tourism. However, foreign debt remained high and, according to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), amounted to 130% of GDP in 2017.