Africa’s dictators club has much to fear after Yahya Jammeh’s fall

Out-going Gambian president Yahya Jammeh gestures before casting his marble in a polling station in a presidential poll, in Banjul on December 1, 2016. He conceded defeat. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Due to his extreme eccentricities, he had drawn wide attention and become a symbol of the suffering a self-anointed president-for-life.
  • Mobutu fled into Togo in 1997 after his army refused to fight on his behalf when Laurent Kabila’s rebels approached Kinshasa.

What now, for dictators and life presidents across Africa? The fall of Yahya Jammeh, or to confer his full title, His Excellency Sheikh Professor Alhaji Dr Yahya Abdul-Aziz Awal Jemus Junkung Jammeh Naasiru Deen Babili Mansa (Conqueror of Two Rivers) is a huge development. 

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