President of the
Republic of The Gambia
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Adama Barrow
since 19 January 2017
ResidenceState House, Banjul
Term length5 years, renewable
Inaugural holderDawda Jawara
Formation24 April 1970
DeputyVice-President of The Gambia
Salary65,000 USD annually[1]

The president of the Republic of The Gambia is the head of state and head of government of the Gambia. The president leads the executive branch of the government of the Gambia and is the commander-in-chief of the Gambia Armed Forces. The post was created in 1970, when the Gambia became a republic and has been held by three people: Dawda Jawara, who ruled from 1970 until 1994, Yahya Jammeh, who seized power in a bloodless coup that year and Adama Barrow, who defeated Jammeh in elections held in December 2016.[2]

As of 2021, there are no term limits for the president in the Constitution of the Gambia.[3]

See also


  1. ^ "Top 15 Highest Paid African Presidents 2017". 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ Wiseman, John A. (2004) Africa South of the Sahara 2004 (33rd edition): The Gambia: Recent History, Europa Publications Ltd. p. 456.
  3. ^ Cook, Candace; Siegle, Joseph. "Circumvention of Term Limits Weakens Governance in Africa". Africa Center for Strategic Studies.