Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has appointed National Assembly Member Seedy SK Njie as minister of information just weeks before Jammeh’s mandate expires.
Former Information Minister Sheriff Bojang resigned and fled the country to Dakar, the capital of neighboring Senegal where he is expected to give a statement in the coming days urging Mr. Jammeh to hand over power.
Until his newest appointment, Mr. Njie has been a nominated member of the National Assembly and spokesperson for the defeated ruling APRC party.
Jammeh lost the presidential polls last month to the opposition backed Adama Barrow. Barrow, a real estate developer is backed by all opposition parties, except for the newly formed GDC. GDC leader Mama Kandeh says he recognizes Mr. Barrow as the duly elected president.
Jammeh is challenging the outcome of the results in the Supreme Court and West African leaders are due to arrive this week in Banjul to hold talks with the longtime ruler to step down as the January 18 deadline looms.
Jammeh has ruled The Gambia with an iron-fist but his ouster is making many exiled Gambians ponder a return to their native country. His refusal to leave power has thrown the relatively peaceful country into a state of uncertainty.