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Gambia, The
Capital:
Banjul
Population:
1,546,848 (July 2004 est.)
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Background:
The Gambia gained its independence from the UK in 1965; it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia with Senegal between 1982 and 1989. In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty. A military coup in 1994 overthrew the president and banned political activity, but a 1996 constitution and presidential elections, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a nominal return to civilian rule. The country undertook another round of presidential and legislative elections in late 2001 and early 2002.
Government type:
republic under multiparty democratic rule
GDP:
purchasing power parity - $2.56 billion (2003 est.)
Internet users:
25,000 (2002)
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