Gambia Overview Nations // Africa

OVERVIEW The Republic of The Gambia, the country's official name, is surrounded on its landward sides entirely by Senegal. It attained internal self-government in 1963 and gained its independence on Feb. 18, 1965. In April 1970, it became a republic, led by Sir Dawda Jawara's party, which had been in power since independence. In 1981, while Jawara was in the U.K., there was a coup attempt that was put down by Senegal. The following year, Gambia joined with Senegal to form a confederation named...


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