Dawda Jawara, first president of The Gambia, dies aged 95

BANJUL, Gambia: Dawda Jawara, the primary president of The Gambia following independence from Britain, died Tuesday on the age of 95, officers stated.

Present President Adama Barrow, in on-line feedback, described Jawara’s loss of life as “an incredible loss to the nation specifically and humanity usually”.

Fisheries Minister James Gomez informed AFP that “the previous head of State Sir Dawda Jawara died this afternoon. Flags would fly at half mast” and the physique will lie in state for mourners to pay their respects.

Jawara, a Glasgow-trained veterinary physician, led the previous British Colony to Independence on 18th February 1965 till July 1994 when his reign was dropped at an finish by a cold navy coup led by Yahya Jammeh, who went on to rule the tiny West African state for 22 years.

The Gambian presidency, in an announcement on Twitter introduced {that a} state funeral could be held on Thursday.

“In honour of his enduring legacy, President Barrow has ordered that the previous president be accorded a befitting state funeral and that flags in any respect public establishments to fly at half-mast.

“Sir Dawda has lived a life that epitomises peace, tolerance, respect, and patriotism. His time as president has put the nation on the trail of growth at each human and institutional requirements. His legacy as the daddy of the nation shall without end stay on.”

Jawara was born in 1924 right into a Muslim household in central Barajally, the place his father was a tradesman.

He labored as a vet and it was not till 1960 that he determined to enter politics, becoming a member of the Protectorate Folks’s Occasion in 1960 whereas the nation was nonetheless beneath British rule.

His celebration, which later modified its title to the Folks Progressive Occasion (PPP) gained the elections in 1962 and he turned the nation’s prime minister.

That was the submit Jawara held when The Gambia gained its independence in 1965, ending British colonial rule which begun in 1888.

It was not till 1970 that he assumed his submit because the nation’s first president.

Jawara resisted post-independence stress to grow to be a part of neighbouring Senegal, which surrounds the entire nation apart from its Atlantic shoreline.

Following his 1994 ouster, Jawara sought refuge in Britain the place he lived together with his household till 2002 when he returned house after President Jammeh granted him amnesty and returned his belongings to him.

Whereas in energy his regime was thought of one of the crucial democratic on the African continent.

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