Gambia recalls ambassadors who urged ousted dictator to step down

At least half a dozen Gambian ambassadors, who had asked former president, Yahya Jammeh to hand over power to President Adama Barrow have been recalled to home service.

The ambassadors, some of whom are career Foreign Service diplomats will not be taking up new appointments, a foreign ministry official said.

“They have all being told to return home, including the head of mission in Saudi. They will not be given new positions as far as I know,” the official said.

Ambassadors to Senegal, Turkey, Belgium, Guinea-Bissau, Ethiopia and China are among those said to be recalled.

Gambian diplomats congratulated President-elect Adama Barrow and urged President Yahya Jammeh to hand over power peacefully and allow a smooth transition / PHOTO: Whats on Gambia

Gambia’s Foreign Ministry would not confirm the name of the ambassadors that have been asked to return to the Gambia, however, its spokesperson, Saikou Ceesay says it is a normal diplomatic process to review and shake up postings.

“We cannot confirm because everything is in a state of flux. Nonetheless, it is part of the normal diplomatic process to review diplomatic postings and operations,” Ceesay told the local Standard Newspaper.

Gambian ambassadors in Dakar, Ankara, Brussels, Bissau, Addis Ababa and Beijing were among a dozen diplomats that wrote to Jammeh to step aside and recognized Mr. Barrow as president.

Jammeh had first accepted defeat but made a political fumble a week later, refusing to cede power. Regional forces were deployed to depose him and install Barrow, who took the oath of office in the Gambia’s Embassy in Dakar.

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