If a dictator falls, how can democratic standards become institutionalised? Are there any particularities for a democratization process in the African continent?
This High Level Lecture Series on European and World Politics will take the case of The Gambia as a point of departure to discuss these questions. In 2016 presidential elections, the Gambian people managed to end two decades of ruling by Yahya Jammeh – a self-styled autocratic vowing to rule the country for “a billion years”. The country has not only tried to establish the truth about this dictatorship but also to avoid a return to an autocratic regime. Five years after the regime change in The Gambia, the country will hold its first democratic elections post dictatorship in December 2021.
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- Mr. Corrado Pampaloni, the EU Ambassador to The Gambia,
- Dr. Baba Galleh Jallow, the Executive Director of The Gambia Truth Reconciliation and Repatriation Commission
- Mr Muhammed Lenn, lecturer, University of The Gambia.
- Mr. Jimmy Hendry Nzally, a VUB PhD candidate analysing the factors that have led to the fall of the Jammeh’s dictatorship in The Gambia