At least a dozen Gambian Ambassadors who were recalled by former President Yahya Jammeh have been reinstated by President Adama Barrow, including the country’s Ambassador to the U.S. Sheikh Omar Faye.
Faye was the first Ambassador to ask Jammeh to step down and hand over peacefully to President Barrow.
The other Ambassadors are: Dembo M. Badgie in Beijing, China; Momodou Badgie in Ankara, Turkey; Mrs. Elizabeth Ya Eli Harding in London, Britain; Dr. Mamadou Tangara to the United Nations in New York; Momodou Aki Bayo in Moscow, Russia; Mrs. Teneng Mba Jaiteh in Brussels, Belgium; Momodou Pa Njie in Dakar, Senegal; Lang Yarboe in Madrid, Spain; Abdou Jarju in Bissau, Guinea and Mass Axi Gai in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Mr. Gai met with the country’s new Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
One of the diplomats, Masanneh Kinteh, a former military chief has been appointed by Barrow as his National Security Adviser.
Jammeh was also abandoned by most of his cabinet ministers forcing him to dissolve his government hours before his mandate ended last month.
Jammeh who lost elections in December refused to step down a week after conceding power. His rejection of the outcome of the election threw the country into political turmoil.
The letter sent by the diplomats for Jammeh to peacefully hand over and avert military action to enforce the outcome of the elections did not sit well with the longstanding ruler, firing all diplomats that called for the peaceful transfer of power.