Gambian President Adama Barrow

The Gambia’s critical moment

  • Gambia’s new president has taken positive economic and political steps
  • It will take time before ordinary Gambians reap the benefits of those reforms
  • The country is in a fragile position, where several factors could lead to instability

For 22 years, The Gambia was under an authoritarian regime: a dictatorship sustained by patronage and state violence. Though nominally “democratic,” the country’s elections – sometimes held more freely, sometimes less – were, more than anything, a ritual designed to legitimize the government.

The 2016 ballot, however, was different: President Yahya Jammeh was voted out of office. The Gambia suddenly became an exception in Africa, where dictators seldom leave power through conventional methods. President Jammeh’s defeat was the result of a specific combination of factors.

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President Barrow will find it difficult to meet the high expectations created by regime change
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What's inside
  • Gambia’s new president has taken positive economic and political steps
  • It will take time before ordinary Gambians reap the benefits of those reforms
  • The country is in a fragile position, where several factors could lead to instability
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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