Leaders of The Gambia
(Republic of The Gambia)
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Look for biographies of the leaders (in Spanish) at CIDOB website.

Note: Since the independence on 18 Feb 1965 to the proclamation of the Republic on 24 Apr 1970 the head of State was the British monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, represented by a Governor-General.

Parties: PPP: People's Progressive Party; APRC: Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction; UDP: United Democratic Party


Heads of State
Governors-General
John Warburton Paul      18 Feb 1965 -  9 Feb 1966 (+2004)
Farimang Mamadi Singateh  9 Feb 1966 - 24 Apr 1970 (+1977)

President of the Republic
Dawda Kairaba Jawara     24 Apr 1970 - 22 Jul 1994         PPP (1)

Head of State
Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh    22 Jul 1994 - 18 Oct 1996         military (2)

Presidents of the Republic
Yahya A. J. J. Jammeh    18 Oct 1996 - 19 Jan 2017         APRC (3)
Adama Barrow             19 Jan 2017 -                     UDP, n/p (4)

(1) From 30 Jul 1981 to 5 Aug 1981 a National Revolutionary Council chaired by Kukli Samba Sanyang ruled in rebelion .
(2) Yahya Jammeh first was chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (military junta) to 26 Jul 1994, when adopted the title of head of State.
(3) Jammeh continued in charge as illegitimate president in Banjul, with no international recognition, until his resignation and departure to exile on 21 Jan 2017.
(4) Legitimate president with international recognition, sworn in and installed in Dakar, Senegal. Barrow returned to Banjul on 26 Jan 2017.


Prime Minister
Dawda Kairaba Jawara     12 Jun 1962 - 24 Apr 1970         PPP

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