Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has named the country’s former army chief Lt. Gen. Masannneh Kinteh as his senior military aide.
Gen. Kinteh will be advising President Barrow on national security issues and the state of the current military intervention led by Senegal.
Kinteh replaced Lt. Gen. Lang Tombong Tamba in October 2009 as the Gambia’s Chief of Defense staff after Mr. Tamba was implicated in a botched coup to oust former President Yahya Jammeh.
He was relieved of his duties in the military and replaced by the current military Chief Lt. Gen. Ousman Bargie in July 2012 and deployed to foreign service as the country’s Ambassador to Cuba.
Mr. Sanneh is currently in Dakar with President Barrow, who he will be flying with to Banjul on Thursday.
The former military officer will be leading the Gambia’s new government’s military intervention program to restore political stability.
West African troops are currently stationed in the Gambia and have secured the capital ahead of Barrow’s arrival. The president was sworn-in in neighboring Senegal, where he has been holed up over safety concerns.
(Reporting and Writing by Sam Phatey; Additional Reporting and Editing by Sainey MK Marenah)