Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has fired nine more ambassadors bringing the number of envoys recalled to 12, his former spokesperson and new Information Minister Seedy Njie confirmed.
The ambassadors, including the dean of the diplomatic corp Dembo Badjie, all urged the defeated authoritarian ruler to step down and recognized the internationally recognized President-elect Adama Barrow.
President Jammeh lost the December 1 elections and initially accepted defeat before reversing his bold decision, saying there were “abnormalities” and refusing to bid farewell to the people he ruled with an iron fist for more than two decades.
West African leaders have also urged him to step down and are due in Banjul for a second time on Wednesday to press Mr. Jammeh to hand over power peacefully.
Gambian diplomats that have been recalled are: Dembo M. Badjie in the People’s Republic of China, Momodou Badjie in Turkey, Elizabeth Ya Eli Harding in the UK, Dr Momodou Tangara at the UN, Sheikh Omar Faye in USA, Teneng Mba Jaiteh in Belgium, Pa Momodou Njie in Senegal, Lang Yabor in Spain, Masaneh N. Kinteh in Cuba, Abdou Jarju in Guinea Bissau, Momadou Aki Bayo in Russia and Mass Axi Gai in Ethiopia.
President Jammeh has filed an election petition in the Supreme Court. The court was to hear his petition on Tuesday but his lawyers were informed that a sitting cannot be done until in May.