The Gambian leader, Yahya Jammeh, has declared Tuesday as a national holiday in commemoration of the 20 years anniversary since he came to power in a coup. President Jammeh came to power on 22nd July, 1994 when he led a group of young soldiers to overthrow the democratically elected government of Sir Dawda Jawara, the first president of The Gambia.
A task force set up for the anniversary celebration said this year’s event will be celebrated in a special way.
In his televised statement on the eve of the anniversary on Monday, Jammeh said each and every Gambian has benefited from at least one form of development brought in by his government, within the last two decades.
Thanks to the revolution, he said, education and health are at the doorstep of every Gambian, even those in remote areas.
Since coming to power, President Jammeh has won four presidential elections in 1996, 2001, 2007 and 2011.