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I will slit your throat, Gambian president tells homosexuals

Published:Monday | May 18, 2015 | 5:53 PM

The President of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, has reportedly said he will "slit the throats" of homosexuals and "no white person can do anything about it".

The United States government has condemned the comments as "unconscionable".

According to an online report by the UK Daily Mail, the 49-year old president, who has been leading Gambia since a 1994 coup, made the declaration last week while talking about how to create a stable environment for the country's youth.

"If you do it  [in the Gambia] I will slit your throat — if you are a man and want to marry another man in this country and we catch you, no one will ever set eyes on you again, and no white person can do anything about it," he said.

The Mail said the reference to 'white people' is likely aimed at the European Union and America, who cut millions in aid last year due to Gambia’s poor human rights record.

According to an AFP report, US National Security Advisor Susan Rice said the comments were part of an "alarming deterioration of the broader human rights situation" in Gambia.

Jammeh has previously called gays 'vermin' and accused the West of running an evil gay empire.

In 2013 he asked parliament why he had never seen 'a gay chicken or turkey', and in 2014 he compared homosexuals to 'vermin'.

Homosexuality is illegal in the majority of African countries.