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  • Republic of The Gambia

    Political Status: Became an independent member of the Commonwealth on February 18, 1965; republican regime instituted April 24, 1970; Gambian-Senegalese Confederation of Senegambia, formed with effect from February 1, 1982, and dissolved as of September 30, 1989; most recent constitution approved by national referendum on August 8, 1996.

    Area: 4,361 sq. mi. (11,295 sq. km).

    Population: 2,164,000 (2018E—World Bank); 2,092,731 (2018E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Center (2018E—UN): BANJUL (437,000 urban area).

    Official Language: English.

    Monetary Unit: Dalasi (market rate October 19, 2018: 49.04 dalasis = $1US).

    President: Adama BARROW (United Democratic Party); popularly elected on December 1, 2016, for a five-year term, and sworn in on January 19, 2017, to succeed Yahya JAMMEH (Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction).

    Vice President: Ousainu DARBOE (United Democratic Party); appointed by the president ...

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