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Date:19 Jul 2011
Gambia's Jammeh vows won't be ousted by votes or coup

Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh said on Monday neither an election nor a coup could remove him from power, adding that it would take divine intervention for him to leave the post he has held for 17 years according to Reuters.

The small West African nation will hold presidential elections on November 24, and Jammeh's comments will do little to ease charges from rights advocates who call him an erratic strongman with little regard for democracy or human rights.

"Elections will not make me lose power nor will military coups make me lose grip of power," Jammeh said at a rally at Brikamaba, 300 km (180 miles) east of Banjul.

"It is only the Almighty Allah who made it possible for me to come to power in 1994 ... who can make this possible. So if anybody thinks that the opposition are going to win the forthcoming elections, (it is a) daydream," he added.

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