A man rides a bicycle through the Senegalese-Gambia border town of Keur Ayip on May 9, 2016.  
Senegal and the Gambia have agreed to hold talks on May 15 aimed at ending a three-month border blockade, truckers behind the closure are adamant the frontier will stay shut until their demands are met. Senegalese territory entirely surrounds the Gambia, leaving it dependent on cross-border deliveries of fuel and food, but the tiny state raised entry fees from 4,000 CFA ($7) to 400,000 CFA ($700) per truck without warning in early February, infuriating drivers.
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Gambia is reverting back to five working days

Gambia’s new government is returning the country to a five working day calendar. The four working day is one of the decisions made by former President Yahya Jammeh that the Barrow administration will be reversing.

Jammeh has said the shorter week will give The Gambia’s mainly Muslim population more time to pray and socialize.

No research has been made on the impact and effectiveness of longer working hours and shorter working week but President Adama Barrow has promised to reverse unilateral decisions made by Jammeh.

Then opposition leader Hamat Bah, who is part of the new government said the decision is bad for the Gambia’s economy. He said it will also burden the already poorly paid civil servants.

Labor groups urged Jammeh’s government to reconsider its decision at the time.

Jammeh was one of Africa’s most controversial rulers. He suffered defeat at the hands of Barrow, a political neophyte backed by eight opposition groups. In 2007 he claimed to had found a remedy of boiled herbs to cure AIDS.

The Gambia is one of Africa’s smallest and poorest countries with a population of about 1.8 million people.

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