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Gambia Government Denies Coup Plot Against Yahya Jammeh

Yahya Jammeh, Gambia's president, at the UN in 2013. (Andrew Burton/AP)
Yahya Jammeh, Gambia’s president, at the UN in 2013. (Andrew Burton/AP)

(BBC) – The Gambia’s government has denied there has been an attempt to overthrow President Yahya Jammeh while he is abroad.

A statement broadcast on state radio said that “contrary to rumours being circulated, peace and calm continue to prevail” in the West African state.

Heavy gunfire had earlier erupted near the presidential palace in the capital.

Mr Jammeh seized power in a coup in 1994 and his critics accuse him of ruling with an iron-hand.

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