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US halts visas for Gambian officials over deportation row

Under President Yahya Jammeh, who is hoping to win a fifth term in office in December after ruling with an iron fist since 1994, Gambia has seen large-scale migration from a sclerotic economy that suffers high levels of youth unemploymentThe United States said Monday that members of the Gambian government would not be given travel visas until a dispute over Gambians awaiting deportation back to the west African nation was resolved. The move comes amid growing tension with Western nations registering higher levels of Gambian migrant arrivals, and follows a two-day shutdown of the US embassy in the capital Banjul after police protection was withdrawn without warning in June.

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