monument, a memorial of the 1994 coup
Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) gained control of Gambia in July 1994, in a military coup d'état. The AFPRC deposed the Dawda Jawara government and banned opposition political activity. Lieutenant Yahya A.J.J. Jammeh, chairman of the AFPRC, became head of state. Few months later Captain Sadibou Hydara who was the spokesperson of the AFPRC, and Captain Sabali deputy leader of the AFPRC were accused by president Jammeh of an alleged coup plot. Both men were arrested and detained at the maximum prison. Captain Hydara was tortured and killed in prison. It was believed that Captain Hydara who was the most educated among the original members of the AFPRC was in favor of returning the country to civilian rule, and strongly objected to president Jammeh's candidacy.
The AFPRC announced a transition plan for return to democratic civilian rule. The Provisional Independent Electoral Commission (PIEC) was established in 1996 to conduct national elections. The transition process included the compilation of a new electoral register; adoption of a new constitution by referendum in August of that year; presidential elections in September of that year and legislative elections in January 1997, respectively. Colonel Jammeh retired from the Army to run for president. Col. Jammeh won the elections, and was sworn into office as President of the Republic of the Gambia on November 6, 1996.
The PIEC was transformed into the Independent Electoral Commission on April 17, 1997; this commission deals with voter registration and the holding of elections and referendums.
- ^ Background Note: The Gambia, U.S. Department of State, March 2006.
- ^ Country Report on Human Rights Practices for The Gambia, U.S. Department of State, March 4, 2002.
- ^ "Thousands protest peacefully at murder of journalist", IRIN, December 22, 2004.
Voice of America
Voice of America
Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:58:48 -0800
The Gambian Daily Observer cited some of the achievements of Jammeh and his Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council government. They include construction of an airport, hospitals, schools, roads, and even creation of an “atmosphere” of political ...
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 07:15:00 -0700
As promised, the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council fought corruption with the setting up of commissions of enquiries and those culprits were made to pay the public funds they stole. Another priority for the Council, cum government was to set up ...
Tue, 30 Dec 2014 05:26:06 -0800
Jammeh first led an armed forces provisional ruling council that suspended the constitution of the former British colony. In 1996, he went on to win a presidential election, aged just 31, amid allegations of fraud. The army justified Jawara's ouster on ...
Wed, 04 Feb 2015 09:03:45 -0800
1994 (JollofNews) – When Yahya Jammeh came to power in July 1994, his Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) that overthrew the PPP regime of Sir Dawda Jawara promised to be soldiers with a difference. With the motto accountability, ...
Thu, 14 May 2015 20:15:42 -0700
President Jammeh will turn 50 by 25th May 2015. He has ruled over The Gambia since 1994, first as chairman of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (AFPRC) and was sworn in as president two years later, meaning that he took up office at the age ...
Sun, 08 Feb 2015 21:26:15 -0800
General Sam Momah (rtd.), a former member of the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council and Minister of Science and Technology, who once served as a Principal Staff Officer to General Muhammadu Buhari, (rtd.), the presidential candidate of the All ...
The Oxonian Globalist
Tue, 23 Apr 2013 15:23:10 -0700
For almost twenty years since, the President – head of the former Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council, now the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) – has become increasingly isolated from the country's security apparatus in ...
Wed, 31 Aug 2011 21:16:20 -0700
Over 17 years since the Armed Forces Provisional Ruling Council AFPRC seized power so much was promised to youth of the country. With everything said and done, the youth population now counts as most helpless and least developed in capacity to ...
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