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The Gambia gained its independence from the UK in 1965. Geographically surrounded by Senegal, it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia between 1982 and 1989. In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty, but tensions have flared up intermittently since then. Yahya JAMMEH led a military coup in 1994 that overthrew the president and banned political activity. A new constitution and presidential elections in 1996, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a nominal return to civilian rule. JAMMEH has been elected president in all subsequent elections including most recently in late 2011.


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Military

Military branches
Office of the Chief of Defense Staff: Gambian National Army (GNA), Gambian Navy (GN), Republican National Guard (RNG) (2010)

Military service age and obligation
18 years of age for male and female voluntary military service; no conscription (2010)

Manpower available for military service
Males age 16-49 423,306
Females age 16-49 438,641 (2010 est.)

Manpower fit for military service
Males age 16-49 315,176
Females age 16-49 347,017 (2010 est.)

Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
Male 20,508
Female 20,853 (2010 est.)

Military expenditures World Ranking: 139
0.9% of GDP (2009)


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The Gambia (Banjul):


GPS points from The Gambia (Banjul)

Kumbal Bolon Upper River

Jiffet Bolon North Bank Division

Katimina Central River Division

Kiang Central Lower River Division

Ker Biram Kardo North Bank Division

Prufu Swamp Upper River

Tallen North Bank Division

Talito Upper River




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