DAKAR (AFP) - Gambian President Yahya Jammeh announced he was suspending executions for prisoners on death row, after coming under intense criticism for resuming capital punishment. “The general public at home and abroad is hereby informed that Yahya Jammeh has decided to put a moratorium on executions as a result of numerous appeals to that effect from the council of elders, women groups as well as youth groups,” his office said in a statement. “It is hereby made clear that it is only a moratorium on executions and what happens next will be dictated by either a declining violent crime rate in which case the moratorium will be indefinite.”