Jammeh-backed regional governors booted out by Barrow

Jammeh-backed regional governors booted out by Barrow

Regional governors appointed by former President Yahya Jammeh have been fired by President Adama Barrow.

The governors including Lamin Queen Jammeh of North Bank Region, Aminata Sifai Hydara of West Coast Region, Salifu Puye of Lower River Region, Omar Sampo Ceesay of Upper River Region and Omar Khan of Central River Region were told to carry their baggage out of regional administrative offices on Thursday.

Their firing came a day after assembled district chiefs and local administrators to pledge their allegiance to Mr. Barrow promising to work with him.

The five top local government officials backed Jammeh, who was defeated in the polls in December then refused to step down. The governors, especially Omar Sampo Ceesay of the Upper River Region backed Jammeh’s claim the polls in the region were rigged.

The Upper River Region was the epicenter of the Gambia’s political tension that sent more than 75,000 people out of the country to neighboring Senegal.

Jammeh claimed that more than 25,000 of his supports in the Basse area of the region were intimidated and turned back at the polling station.

Jammeh was forced out of power after West African troops were authorized by President Adama Barrow to arrest him. He fled to Equatorial Guinea leaving the state coffers empty.

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