Potential for civil unrest in Gambia leading up to January 19, 2017

In the first sign of a government crackdown on the media, police have shut down two private radio stations based near Banjul. The incumbent president initially conceded defeat in the last election but has since refused to accept defeat. The United Nations and the West African regional body, Ecowas, are urging the president to respect the election results and step down on January 19, 2017, the date his term ends.

Advice For Travellers

Travellers to Gambia should be aware of this political crisis and the potential for civil unrest and violence. Ecowas officials have stated that Senegal’s troops are prepared to intervene if the incumbent president does not step down on January 19.