Mr Jammeh took power in a coup in 1994
The Gambia's President Yahya Jammeh has warned his supporters that violence was like "bushfire" that could destroy the country, as he called for peaceful campaigning ahead of highly anticipated elections in which he is seeking a fifth term, AFP news agency reports.
In a speech broadcast on state media, Mr Jammeh said:
Our campaign is focusing on peace and security and not for violence. Violence is like bushfire. You can know where it starts but you won't know where it will end.
United Nations spokesman Farhan Haq said the withdrawal of Gambia from the International Criminal Court (ICC) would take effect on November 10, 2017, making it the third country to quit the Hague-based tribunal.
The UN formally accepted The Gambia's illegal notification to the United Nations of its withdrawal from the ICC earlier with some other African countries.
BANJUL (Reuters) - Mohamed Ibn Chambas, top UN official for the region of West Africa on Thursday called on the dictator of Kanilai to release all political prisoners in The Gambia, when Yaya Jammeh, a former army lieutenant who came to power using the force of arms and have stayed there for 22 years by using violence, intimidation, tribalism and cross border voting.