Gambia could repeal the law demanding life imprisonment for gays

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Gambian politicians are pushing for the repeal a 2014 law which gave life sentences to those convicted of “aggravated homosexuality”. A bill was signed into law by former President Yahya Jammeh in 2014. Gambian Foreign Secretary Ousainou Darboe has told SMBC News: “Homosexuality was perhaps something Jammeh imagined in order to bamboozle the clerics that were surrounding him”. The Foreign Secretary added that gay people used to be a weapon in president’s repressions. Farboe is the leader of the United Democratic Party, the largest political group which was the official opposition to the government of the former country leader and now the party demands the law to be repealed as soon as possible. The former president had referred to gay people as “vermin” saying they should be dealt with like they are mosquitoes. He also claimed in September that he can cure AIDS, but only on Mondays and Thursdays. Yahya Jammeh ruled the country from 1994 to December 2016, when he lost the election. He came into power following a military coup. During his 22-year reign he crushed any opposition to his regime and encouraged violence against the LGBT community.

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