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Gambia’s US ambassador switches loyalty, urges Yahya Jammeh to hand over power

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Gambia’s Ambassador to the United States of America has asked his boss Yahya Jammeh to accept the will of Gambians and hand over the presidency to President-Elect Adama Barrow as stipulated in the Gambian Constitution.

In a letter dated December 13th, 2016, HE Sheikh Omar Faye said he is supporting the people of The Gambia by recognizing Mr Adama Barrow as the President-Elect of The Gambia out of his personal decision and desire to protect and safeguard the peace and social cohesion of the beloved country. He said he is not by any means speaking out of personal interests but extremely worried about the peace and stability of The Gambia.

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He made it clear that as servant of The Gambia, he finds it morally difficult to remain silent while Gambians are in fear and uncertainty adding his duty as a diplomat is to promote the interests of The Gambia and her people.

“I have always pushed for the interest of our people and vehemently stayed on course to help build a solid and healthy bilateral relationship between The Gambia and The United States. As the Ambassador of the Republic of The Gambia to the United States of America, I respectfully ask His Excellency President Jammeh to accept the will of Gambians and hand over thee presidency to President-Elect Adama Barrow as stipulated in the Gambian Constitution” he said.

He called upon outgoing President Jammeh to stay true and committed to the amiable and democratic stance he took after the December 1st, 2016 election results which were communicated to Gambians and the world at large.

“Nations around the world especially Africans were so proud of the political maturity of His Excellency President Jammeh when on December 2nd, 2016 he gracefully accepted the verdict of The Gambian people and the will of Allah” he said.

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He expressed disappointment over President Jammeh’s U-turn on December 9th, 2016 saying ‘President Jammeh reversed his decision and called for fresh elections which has created s serious post-elections crisis and put The Gambia on a dangerous path”. For the preservation of peace and stability, which Gambian is known for, it is imperative that all Gambians cohesively move in one direction and speak in one voice.

“I have not talked to any member of the Coalition before; during or after the elections nor have I informed them of mu decision. Out of my own will and deep care for The Gambia and her people, I am making this statement as a patriotic citizen of The Gambia with the hope that it will contribute to the efforts towards a peaceful resolution of the current situation” he concluded.

By Alhagie Jobe

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