Gambia’s Secretary General, Head of Civil Service and Minister for Presidential Affairs has resigned as President Yahya Jammeh faces strong local resistance to his attempt to subvert last month’s month election results.
Sulayman Samba broke ranks with the defeated president, family and government sources confirmed, after failing to heed to repeated advice to allow a peaceful transfer of power.
Mr. Samba was appointed to the top State House job in November 2015 and removed in June 2016. He was reinstated in August 2016 and held the position since.
A top aide to President Yahya Jammeh said the country’s longtime authoritarian ruler is feeling dejected and betrayed by some of his most trusted allies who have joined the long queue of locals demanding he steps down and hands over to President-elect Adama Barrow.
At least a dozen diplomats have asked Jammeh to step down. Three of them: ambassadors to Washington, UN and Dakar have since been recalled.
President Yahya Jammeh has a January 18 deadline to hand over power or an authorized Ecowas standby force will be deployed to enforce the outcome of the elections in which Mr. Barrow defeated Jammeh.