AFPRCArmed Forces Provisional Ruling Council (Gambia)
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The AFPRC announced a transition plan for return to democratic civilian government.
As part of the transition process, the AFPRC established the Constitution Review Commission (CRC) through decree in March 1995.
If accepted by the AFPRC, it was hoped that the report would break the impasse between the military and international aid donors, who have starved The Gambia of aid and tourists in a bid to force a swift return to the democratic process.
The report contained the recommendation that the AFPRC's timetable for a return to democracy be shortened from four years to two, with elections to be held in July 1996, an argument accepted by the leader of the AFPRC, Captain Yahya Jammeh.
But problems with this position were dramatically underlined on the day of the ceremony for the handing over of the report to the AFPRC.
That morning both the AFPRC Minister of the Interior, Captain Hydara, and Vice-President Captain Sabally, were accused of attempting to overthrow Captain Jammeh by force and, after a few shots fired in and around the State House, were promptly dispatched to Mile 2 Prison on treason charges.
It appears that the AFPRC had had plenty of time to discuss it, and that it had widened the already existing cracks within the leadership.
Groundnut production, The Gambia's mainstay export, is now controlled by the Senegalese under a financing and export agreement which the AFPRC could hardly afford to turn down.
As chairman of the AFPRC, Jammeh and his government ruled by decree.