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Gambia’s Jammeh sacks ambassador to Senegal

Gambian president, Yahya Jammeh, has recalled the country’s ambassador to neighboring Senegal, Momodou Pa Njie. The note terminating his appointment as diplomat was sent on 27 December 2016.

Pa Njie becomes the second Gambian ambassador recalled from service for impressing on Jammeh to accept his loss in the December 1 presidential elections.

Jammeh had earlier recalled the country’s ambassador to the United States for the same reason on December 19, 2016.

Njie was among 11 ambassadors who issued a joint statement calling for President Jammeh to respect the outcome of the December 1 presidential polls and to duly handover power peacefully to Adama Barrow, the president-elect.

Others are the ambassadors to Beijing, Ankara, London, New York and Moscow as well as those to Madrid, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Bissau, Havana and Brussels.

”In conclusion Your Excellency, we once again implore you to consider our plea which is aimed at achieving the greater good for our beloved country, the Gambia the ambassadors said in the letter to Jammeh.

Jammeh annulled the election results after earlier conceding defeat citing irregularities in the results. He has criticized mediation effort by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) describing it as ‘biased.’

The army has pledged support to Jammeh and the Supreme Court is due to hear an election petition filed by his party.

The Head of the last elections has fled to Senegal following death threats on his life. ECOWAS has placed intervention troop on standby, a position Jammeh has described as a declaration of war.

Source: Voice of Nigeria