History May 17, 2017 at 10:34 am

Africa’s 5 Youngest Leaders To Assume Office

Mark Babatunde May 17, 2017 at 10:34 am

May 17, 2017 at 10:34 am | History

3. Yahya Jammeh (28 years old), Gambia

Yahya Jammeh

Yahya Jammeh. Photo credit: Nairaland

 

Yahya Abdul-Aziz Jemus Junkung Jammeh was born in Kanilai, a small village in the west of the Gambia to a wrestler Father and a housewife Mother. As a Muslim of the Jola ethnic group, the young Jammeh attended school in Kanilai and Bwiam, where he excelled and won a government scholarship to study at the Gambia High School in Banjul in 1978.

In July 1994, Jammeh became Gambia’s leader, after he overthrew the government of President Dawda Jawara in a bloodless coup d’etat.

In 1996, he resigned from his military position to contest and win the Gambian presidential election. He was re-elected in 2001, 2006, and 2011.

And while Jammeh tried to make his government both nationalist and Pan-African, his administration was constantly accused of rights abuses and the suppression of the political opposition.

In December 2016, Jammeh was defeated by businessman Adama Barrow in a landmark Gambian presidential election. He moved to the Equatorial Guinea two months later where he now lives in exile.

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