Monday, February 26, 2024

Gambia’s Foreign Minister, 2 other Ministers resign from Jammeh’s gov’t

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In yet another big blow and a sign to outgoing President Yahya Jammeh that his government is over, three ministers of his government on Monday tendered their resignations, exactly two days before Mr Jammeh’s term in office ends on January 19th.

They are Neneh Macdouall-Gaye, the Minister of Foreign Affairs; Abdou Kolley, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and Abdou Jobe, Minister of Trade.

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Mr Jammeh in turn appointed the Minister of Tourism and Culture, Benjamin Roberts as the new Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs and moved the Tourism Ministry under the purview of Fatou Lamin-Faye, the Minister of Basic and Secondary Education who still remains blind.

These resignations followed two others last week by former Ministers of Information and Sports, Sheriff Bojang and Alieu Jammeh respectively, after clearly seeing the writings on the wall that the Jammeh government is history.

Mr Jammeh who ruled Gambia for the past 22 years remains defiant and refuses to hand over power peacefully to President-elect Adama Barrow, who won the December elections.

Diplomatic efforts has since been ongoing led by ECOWAS who’s mediation team has visited The Gambia twice to convince Mr Jammeh to hand over power peacefully when his term ends on January 19th but all talks failed. There are possibilities of military intervention if Mr Jammeh failed to hand over when his term ends.

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Thousands of Gambians have for the past day fled out of the country for fear of violence amidst the political impasse.

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