Children wash clothes and splash in the Gambia river near Gouloumbou on May 12, 2016. AFP / SEYLLOU
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Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has slammed UN chief Ban Ki-moon and Amnesty International for demanding an investigation into the death in custody of an opposition activist, the Jeune Afrique weekly reported Sunday.Solo Sandeng, a senior figure in Gambia's main opposition United Democratic Party (UDP), died in custody in April after being arrested for participating in a rare demonstration calling for Jammeh's removal, according to his party and Amnesty International.Jammeh struck a defiant note.Jammeh, who said he would remain president "as long as God and the people wish", seized power in a bloodless coup in 1994 and was then elected in 1996 . Since then, he has been repeatedly reelected for five-years terms and will stand again in presidential polls slated for December.But Amnesty secretary general Salil Shetty blasted Jammeh's "murderous" regime and slammed neighboring states for not speaking out against it and against the human rights abuses in Gambia.
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