1994 Gambian coup d'état

1994 Gambian coup d'état
Date22 July 1994
LocationThe Gambia

Coup attempt succeeds.

Government of the Gambia Military faction
Commanders and leaders
Dawda Jawara Yahya Jammeh

In the 1994 Gambian coup d'état, a group of soldiers led by then 29-year-old Lieutenant Yahya Jammeh seized power in a bloodless coup d'état on 22 July, ousting Dawda Jawara who had been President of the Gambia since 1970.[1]


On 21 July 1994, the USS La Moure County docked in Banjul for an international courtesy call. However, Gambian radio had previously reported that Gambian troops would be conducting a joint training exercise with the American warship. The next day, the coup was set in motion at 7:30 am at Yundum Barracks, a military installation 25 kilometers (15 mi) away from the capital. Gambian soldiers under the command of four junior officers; Yahya Jammeh, Sadibou Hydara, Sana Sabally, and Edward Singhateh seized the airport, a radio station, and a power station ostensibly in a mutiny over lack of pay. Hours later, Dawda Jawara and his family fled to the La Moure County for safety. The ship left Banjul that afternoon and docked in Dakar where Jawara disembarked. The four junior officers established the Provisional Council of the Armed Forces which suspended the constitution and put in place a curfew.[2][3][4]

See also


  1. In Gambia, New Coup Follows Old Pattern
  2. Lt. Col. Samsudeen Sarr (2007-06-15). Coup D'etat by the Gambia National Army: July 22, 1994. Xlibris Corporation. p. 37. ISBN 978-1-4691-0014-2.
  3. "SOLDIERS CLAIM POWER IN GAMBIA". Washington Post. 1994-07-24. Retrieved 2018-02-10.
  4. Reid, Stuart A. (2016-03-01). "Inside a Plot to Overthrow the President of the Gambia". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2018-02-10.

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