US sanctions wife of former Gambia leader Jammeh

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Former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh.

What you need to know:

  • Jammeh ruled The Gambia with an iron fist but fled in January 2017 after losing a presidential election to relative unknown Adama Barrow, which he refused to acknowledge before being forced out of power by a popular uprising.
  • In 2018, Washington blocked Jammeh, his wife and their children from traveling to the United States.

The United States on Tuesday imposed economic sanctions on the wife of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh, who was accused of corruption during his 22-year rule and is the target of similar measures.

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