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December 2022

The Gambian government claimed to have foiled a plot to stage a coup d’état against President Barrow in late December. In all, eight members of the military (all junior rank) and three civilians were charged with treason and conspiracy to commit treason. The accused pled not guilty to the charge of treason. A well-known opposition politician (Momodou Sabally) was arrested around the same time in response to comments he made on social media, but he was released without charge. This is the second alleged coup plot since 2016. The government announced that it had created an investigative panel which will report on the coup plot within 30 days.

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GSoD Indices Data 2012-2021

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Basic Information

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Population Tooltip
2 486 940
System of government
Presidential system
Head of government
President Adama Barrow (since 2017)
Head of government party
National People's Party
Electoral system for lower or single chamber
First Past the Post
Women in lower or single chamber Tooltip
8.6%
Women in upper chamber Tooltip
Not applicable
Last legislative election
2022
Effective number of political parties Tooltip
4.78
Head of state
President Adama Barrow
Selection process for head of state
Direct election (plurality)
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) date
05/11/2019
Latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) percentage of recommendations supported
93.24%
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Human Rights Treaties

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United Nations Human Right Treaties
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
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International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
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International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
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Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women
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Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment
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Convention on the Rights of the Child
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International Convention on Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
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International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance 
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International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
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International Labour Organisation Treaties
Forced Labour Convention
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Freedom of Association and Protection of the Right to Organise Convention
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Right to Organise and Collective Bargaining Convention
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Equal Remuneration Convention
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Abolition of Forced Labour Convention
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Discrimination (Employment and Occupation) Convention
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Convention concerning Minimum Age for Admission to Employment
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Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention
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Regional Treaties
African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
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Early Warning System BETA

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Low risk of democratic breakdown Low risk of democratic breakdown (BETA)
Low risk of democratic backsliding Low risk of democratic backsliding (BETA)

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GSoD Indices

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