The Gambia. The legacy of former dictator Yahya Jammeh
continued to characterize the country. In January, a
commission began its work investigating abuses, including
murder and torture, during Jammeh's long tenure in power.
The approximately one thousand hearings to be held will be
broadcast via Facebook. The investigation is expected to be
completed in October 2020. The Commission, which consists of
eleven members, has the right to recommend that a person be
prosecuted and if damages be granted.
In March, a state investigation was presented in which it
was found that Jammeh plundered the country at US $ 362
million. In order to recover parts of this huge sum, some
confiscated luxury cars and aircraft have been sold. In
September it was announced that the Gambian government
intends to prosecute the former president of theft and
corruption. Yahya Jammeh has been in exile in Equatorial
Guinea since 2017.
CountryAAH, Jammeh's successor Adama Barrow has previously said that
he would only sit in power for three years and then announce
new elections and then return to his business. However, he
has shown signs of wanting to back away from this promise.
Among other things, he has formed the organization President
Barrow's youth movement for national development, which is
interpreted by some as a step towards forming a political
party. In March, Barrow dismissed Vice President Ousainou
Darboe and two ministers on heavy duty posts. Thus, the
United Democratic Party did not have any ministerial posts,
despite the fact that the party in the 2017 elections
captured 31 of 58 seats in the parliament and thus was by
far the largest.