Gambia’s first president, who led the country for 24 years, has died at 95. Dawda Jawara led The Gambia for more than two decades after its independence from Britain. 

Dawda Jawara trained as a vet before setting up what became known as People’s Progressive Party – a dominant force in the tiny West African nation.

He served as prime minister for 8 years, while the country was still a constitutional monarchy under Queen Elizabeth II, becoming president after an independence referendum in 1970. Current President Adama Barrow described Jawara as Gambia’s peaceful founding father.