Gambia announces suspension on death penalty

Banjul- Gambian President Adama Barrow announced on Sunday a suspension of the death penalty in his country, breaking from former dictator Yahya Jammeh policy.

President Adama Barrow a former security guard was elected president of Gambia in December 2016 and signed a treaty with the UN on the abolition of capital punishment by the end of 2017.

He said in a speech marking¬†the 53rd anniversary of independence from Britain, “I¬†will use this opportunity to declare a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in the Gambia, as a first step towards abolition,”

“We have won the war against dictatorship, which is the easy part. Maintaining the peace for our democracy to thrive will be our utmost challenge.”

Jammeh former dictator of the small predominately English African country, with neighbor Senegal ruled with an iron fist for 22 years.

The death penalty was last used under Jammeh in 2012, as nine solider were killed or executed by a firing squad.

Barrow added that “mistakes will be made, but we will correct them as we work towards perfecting the New Gambia.”

Photo Credit- Foraaya

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