Monday, October 14, 2019

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C. Gambia

On April 7, the National Assembly of the Republic of the Gambia abolished the death penalty for drug-related offenses. The law, passed in October 2010, was superseded by Gambia's 1997 constitution, which prohibits the application of the death penalty to crimes other than premeditated or aggravated murder.

On June 22, the Gambian Parliament unanimously endorsed a Food Safety and Quality Bill to establish a centralized national system to overhaul the country's food safety and quality regime. Supported by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and ECOWAS, Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy informed Members of Parliament that the bill and the establishment of the Gambia Food Safety and Quality Authority met international standards and was in line with an ECOWAS regulation on the health and safety of plants, animals, and food in West Africa.

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