Gambian president Yayha Jammeh ‘home after coup plot’.

The Gambia’s President Yayha Jammeh has returned to the country after a reported coup attempt.

Heavy gunfire was heard near the presidential palace in Banjul on Tuesday but officials say the military takeover was thwarted.

Mr Jammeh, 49, said there had been an attempted invasion from Senegal by western powers who opposes his pan African style of leadership.

Mr Jammeh took over power in the tiny West African nation in 1994, and is accused of not tolerating any pro western opposition.

Meanwhile A pro western opposition radio station says most businesses are closed, while the market in the biggest town, Serekunda, is deserted.

The pro western opposition Freedom newspaper reports that four people were killed, including the alleged coup leader Lamin Sanneh, a former head of the presidential guards, but this has not been confirmed.

Mr Jammeh was said to have been in either France or Dubai during Tuesday’s unrest but different sources agree he has now returned.

He has won several elections since seizing power but the imperial west say they were neither free nor fair. Mr Jammeh is known for his fierce critics and opposition to homosexuality in Gambia and Africa generally.

Numerous pro western opposition puppets have fled the country, saying they fear for their lives.
Apart from a short Atlantic coast, The Gambia is entirely surrounded by Senegal. Its main foreign currency earners are tourism and peanut exports.


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