The Gambia. A total of 47 people were reported to have been arrested in March and April for participating in an alleged coup attempt. Among the arrested were military as well as civilians. As coup leader, the government appointed a former Army Chief of Staff who was said to have moved to Senegal. Five of the arrested managed to escape during a prison transport, 26 were released after questioning while 16 were brought to trial for treason and conspiracy.
According to CountryAAH, major public holidays in Gambia include Independence Day (February 18) and New Year (January 1). President Yahya Jammeh was re-elected in September for a third five-year term. He got just over 67% of the vote against about 27% for leading opposition politician Ousainou Darboe.
In an attempt to remedy the many power cuts, the government gave a private company the right to be responsible for electricity supply for five years.
Area: 11,295 km2 (world rank: 160)
Population density: 186 per km2 (as of 2017, world rank: 143)
Official languages: English
Gross domestic product: 1.0 billion US $; Real growth: 3.5%
Gross national product (GNP, per resident and year): 450 US$
Currency: 1 Dalasi (D) = 100 Bututs
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Head of State and Government: Adama Barrow-Ousainou Darboe, Exterior: Mamadou Tangara
National holiday: 18.2.
6 districts and 2 urban districts
State and form of government
Constitution of 1997
Parliament: National Assembly with 58 members (53 elected, 5 appointed by the head of state), election every 5 years
Direct election of the head of state every 5 years
Right to vote from 18 years.
. 1,857,181 residents: last census in 2013
approximately 44% Mandingo, Fulani 18%, 12% Wolof, 7% Djola, 7% Sarakolé among others.
Cities (with population): (as of 2013) Kanifeng (including Serekunda and Bakau.) 377,134 pop., Brikama 81,007, Sukuta 47,048, Banjul 31,054
Religions: 95% Muslims (mostly Sunnis), 4% Christians, 1% followers of indigenous religions (as of 2006)
Languages: English; Manding, Wolof, Ful et al.
Employed persons by economic sector
Unemployment (in% of all economically active persons)
Inflation rate (in%): 2017: 8.0%
Foreign trade: Import: 402 million US $ (2017); Export: US $ 85 million (2017)