A new president brings the promise of an end to repression and freeing up development aid, frozen because of human rights concerns.
EU observers were barred and activists accused President Yahya Jammeh Jammeh of trying to 'control any sort of information sharing'.
Any longer-term threat to President Yahya Jammeh - though immediately improbable - is likely to come from within the ruling elite.
Solo Sandengdied was arrested and detained on Thursday by riot police
Citizens are still allowed to follow any faith they choose and no dress code will be imposed.
Brain drain in Africa: Burundi least able to retain its top talent, Rwanda, Kenya top and Jammeh’s Gambia surprises
The pursuit of opportunities outside one's country is a feature of working life, but some countries seem to do it better than others.
Gambia's Jammeh expels European Union diplomat, asks ICC to investigate death of African migrants at sea
Jammeh has flip-flopped on the issue of migrants, saying they were not good Muslims, then offering Muslim boat people in South East Asia sanctuary.
Users of social media in Africa are likely to be young, so those arrested for “digital crimes” are often barely out of their teens.
More than 5,000 migrants, many from the country and its neighbours, have died in the past 18 months trying to cross into Europe.
As The Gambia marks its 50th birthday, here are 10 really fascinating things you didn't know about this river nation
Marbles, chimps, rivers..and Africa's first DNA bank, there's so much more to know.
Cigar-trading diplomats and vowing to die than be 'colonised twice': just a day in the life of The Gambia
When you are a small nation, and no one takes you very seriously—your best shot then lies in deflection.