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Gambia Country Profile

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Gambia at a Glance

Location:Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean and Senegal
Climate:tropical; hot, rainy season (June to November); cooler, dry season (November to May)
Terrain:flood plain of the Gambia River flanked by some low hills
Resources:fish, titanium (rutile and ilmenite), tin, zircon, silica sand, clay, petroleum
Hazards:drought (rainfall has dropped by 30% in the last 30 years)
Population:1,782,893 (July 2009 est.)




A Brief Profile of Gambia

The Gambia gained its independence from the UK in 1965. Geographically surrounded by Senegal, it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia between 1982 and 1989. In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty, but tensions have flared up intermittently since then. Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH led a military coup in 1994 that overthrew the president and banned political activity. A new constitution and presidential elections in 1996, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a nominal return to civilian rule. JAMMEH has been elected president in all subsequent elections, including most recently in late 2006.






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