The Gambia is a mostly Muslim country of 1.7 million people in West Africa that punishes homosexual acts, even in private, with up to seven years in prison. Jammeh now orders gay men and lesbians to leave the country within 24 hours or face "serious consequences."
Jammeh also ordered any hotel or motel housing homosexuals to close down, adding that owners of such facilities would also be in trouble.
He said the Gambia was a country of believers, indicating that no sinful and immoral act as homosexual would be tolerated in the country.
He warned all homosexuals in the country to leave, noting that a legislation “stricter than those in Iran ” concerning the vice would be introduced soon.
President Jammeh has ruled the former British colony since a bloodless coup in 1994. In February 2007, Rod 2.0 reported the dictator horrified the scientific community after announcing he developed a "miracle cure" for HIV/AIDS. Reportedly, hundreds of Gambians lined up to be "cured" by the president's herbal remedy. United Nations officials were expelled after publicly objecting to Yammeh's quackery. Unfortunately, this new threat may be more realistic than his previous dramatic claims.
So far, the United States and the United Nations have not issued a public position on Jammeh's statement. Given the Bush Administration's history of comforting dictators and consorting with anti-gay despots, none is expected.
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