Gambia’s first post-independence president Jawara dies at 95
28 August 2019 | 3:43 pm
Dawda Kairaba Jawara, Gambia's first post-independence president who led the tiny West African country for 24 years before being deposed in a 1994 coup, has died at the age of 95, the presidency said on Tuesday.
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