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    Gambia, The Government 2001

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    SOURCE: 2001 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

      Country name:
      conventional long form: Republic of The Gambia
      conventional short form: The Gambia

      Government type: republic under multiparty democratic rule

      Capital: Banjul

      Administrative divisions: 5 divisions and 1 city*; Banjul*, Lower River, Central River, North Bank, Upper River, Western

      Independence: 18 February 1965 (from UK)

      National holiday: Independence Day, 18 February (1965)

      Constitution: 24 April 1970; suspended July 1994; rewritten and approved by national referendum 8 August 1996; reestablished in January 1997

      Legal system: based on a composite of English common law, Koranic law, and customary law; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction, with reservations

      Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal

      Executive branch:
      chief of state: President Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH (since 18 October 1996); Vice President Isatou Njie SAIDY (since 20 March 1997); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      head of government: President Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH (since 18 October 1996); Vice President Isatou Njie SAIDY (since 20 March 1997); note - the president is both the chief of state and head of government
      cabinet: Cabinet is appointed by the president
      elections: the president is elected by popular vote for a five-year term; the number of terms is not restricted; election last held 26 September 1996 (next to be held NA October 2001)
      election results: Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH elected president; percent of vote - Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH 55.8%, Ousainou DARBOE 35.8%

      Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly (49 seats; 45 elected by popular vote, 4 appointed by the president; members serve five-year terms)
      elections: last popular election held 2 January 1997 (next to be held NA January 2002)
      election results: percent of vote by party - NA%; seats by party - APRC 33, UDP 7, NRP 2, PDOIS 1, independents 2

      Judicial branch: Supreme Court

      Political parties and leaders: Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction or APRC [Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH]; National Reconciliation Party or NRP [Hamat N. K. BAH]; People's Democratic Organization for Independence and Socialism or PDOIS [Sidia JATTA]; United Democratic Party or UDP [Ousainou DARBOE]
      note: in August 1996 the government banned the following from participation in the elections of 1996: People's Progressive Party or PPP [former President Dawda K. JAWARA (in exile)], and two opposition parties - the National Convention Party or NCP [former Vice President Sheriff DIBBA] and the Gambian People's Party or GPP [Hassan Musa CAMARA]

      Political pressure groups and leaders: NA

      International organization participation: ACP, AfDB, C, CCC, ECA, ECOWAS, FAO, G-77, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Intelsat (nonsignatory user), Interpol, IOC, ITU, NAM, OAU, OIC, OPCW, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNMEE, UPU, WCL, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO

      Diplomatic representation in the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador John P. BOJANG
      chancery: Suite 1000, 1155 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20005
      telephone: [1] (202) 785-1399
      FAX: [1] (202) 785-1430

      Diplomatic representation from the US:
      chief of mission: Ambassador George W. B. HALEY
      embassy: Fajara, Kairaba Avenue, Banjul
      mailing address: P. M. B. No. 19, Banjul
      telephone: [220] 392856, 392858, 391970, 391971
      FAX: [220] 392475

      Flag description: three equal horizontal bands of red (top), blue with white edges, and green

      NOTE: The information regarding Gambia, The on this page is re-published from the 2001 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Gambia, The Government 2001 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Gambia, The Government 2001 should be addressed to the CIA.

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