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Gambian president to homosexuals: 'I will slit your throat'

'UNCONSCIONABLE': Gambian president Yahya Jammeh

THE PRESIDENT of Gambia has reportedly said he will "slit the throats" of homosexuals and "no white person can do anything about it".

Yahya Jammeh, who has a history of outspoken comments against gay people, made the threat during speech on safeguarding the young in the African nation last week.

According to Vice News, he said: "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."

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

According to the Mail Online, 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, who has been leading Gambia since a 1994 coup, 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.

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