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7 Days of National Mourning, Flags at Half-Mast as Gambia Pays Tribute to Sir Dawda

The government Tuesday declared three days of mourning to honour former president Sir Dawda Jawara who died Tuesday at the age of 95.

Flags have been lowered to half-mast on all government buildings and institutions across the country to mourn the death of a man widely credited for positioning The Gambia on the world map as a democratic nation, before the 1994 coup that ended his tenure.

Hundreds of families, friends, political associates and well-wishers Tuesday gathered at Jawara’s house in Fajara to pay respect to him. Among them was President Adama Barrow who described Jawara’s death as a big loss to The Gambia and Africa.

The ex-leader will be laid to rest on Thursday, according to officials.

Fatoumata Samateh contributed to this story.

Watch the video for reactions to Jawara’s death.

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