Yahya Jammeh, a captain in Gambia's army at the time, attended a police training course at Fort McLellan in Alabama in 1994. Later the same year, Jammeh and four other junior officers staged a bloodless coup of the Gambian government.

President, Yahya Jammeh, said last night that
female genital mutilation (FGM) would be
outlawed in the Gambia, reported The Guardian. He said the ban would come into effect immediately, though it was not clear
when the ban would be drafted into legislation. Communication minister Sherrif Bojang
confirmed the ban in a Facebook post shortly
after midnight on Monday, writing: “Female
genital mutilation (FGM) has been banned with
immediate effect.” “The president said the decision to ban FGM is
basically for the protection of the girl child,”
Bojang told AFP. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), more than 125 million women worldwide have undergone FGM, which
involves cutting off the labia and clitoris, often
when girls are young. Jaha Dukureh, an anti-FGM activist, spent the
past week meeting cabinet ministers in the
Gambia and sent them articles from the
newspaper to inform them about the issue.
She expressed her elation to the Guardian:“I’m really amazed that the president did this”

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