88Gambians are eagerly awaiting to hear from their De Facto dictator Yahya Jammeh to address the nation today, as speculations are rife in town that Mr. Jammeh is likely to retire from office after the completion of his current term as head of state, the Freedom Newspaper can reveal. Mr.  Jammeh’s five year tenure expires in 2016, when the country is expected to go for elections to elect a new President. Jammeh has been in power for twenty one years. He came to power through a coup in July of 1994. Jammeh has since cling onto power.

epa00558091 Gambian President Yaya Jammeh arrives in Dakar, Senegal Friday 21 October 2005. Presidents of Nigeria, Gambia and Guinea Bissau paid a one-day visit to their Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade on Friday in a bid to break two deadlock situations in the West Africa region. Nigerian President and head of African Union Olusegun Obasanjo has been appointed last week as mediator in the Gambia/Senegal border dispute, sparked by August's 100 percent hike in the price of the Gambian ferry crossing. Obasanjo is also due to smooth over the crisis between Guinea-Bissau's new President Joao Bernardo "Nino" Vieira and Prime Minister CarlosToday is the Muslim feast called Tobaski. It is traditional for Mr. Jammeh to use the occasion to address his countrymen. This year’s Tobaski came at a time, when the country is experiencing major economic crisis. The nation’s currency, the dalasi, has lost its value against other international currencies such as the mighty US dollar, the pound sterling, and the Euro. Massive foreign exchange has also hit the impoverished West African nation.

The Gambia is not only battling with foreign currency scarcity, the country’s infrastructure has collapsed overtime–thanks to total neglect of the country by its inept and despotic tyrant Yahya Jammeh. All major and secondary roads are in tartars. The housing structures across the nation have also decayed.

Jammeh is operating a one man rule government. He hardly consults with his cabinet, when it comes to major national policies and decisions. Just recently, Jammeh “pardoned” treason, murder, rapists, and other felonious convicts without consulting the Prison Committee board members, his Interior Minister and Vice President. He abruptly announced that he has forgiven convicts on death row and other inmates, including two inmates, who passed away some years ago. The inmates were found guilty on murder charges.

An environment of excitement awaits Gambians, if Jammeh surprises the nation with the news of his quitting the Presidency at the end of his current term. Any news besides Jammeh leaving the Presidency will not be welcomed. There is growing disenchantment in the country.

Jammeh’s inability to revamp the collapsed economy and infrastructure is a cause for concern. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has been voicing it concern over the nation’s worrisome economic situation.

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