Gambia has not recalled ambassadors that urged Jammeh to step down

Six Gambian envoys, who had asked defeated leader, Yahya Jammeh to step down recognizing Adama Barrow as president were not recalled, a senior government official said.

A junior Foreign Service official collaborated the new report saying only Sheikh Omar Faye, the Gambia’s Ambassador to the United States has been recalled to home service.

“I have been recalled and I will be in Banjul by the end of May,” says Mr. Faye, who was the first Gambian diplomat to demand that Jammeh hands over power to Mr. Barrow and allow a peaceful transition.

Faye’s surprise demand was followed by nearly a dozen other ambassadors, including the Gambia’s Dean of Diplomatic Corps and Ambassador to China, Dembo Badjie joining the call for the longtime ruler to step aside.

Jammeh’s rejection of the December 1 presidential polls led around 45,000 Gambians to flee to Senegal, and another 800 to Guinea-Bissau.

Barrow was inaugurated after Jammeh was forced to flee to Equatorial Guinea. He vowed to undo Jammeh’s legacy of dictatorship and repair damaged diplomatic relations.

Although diplomatic postings are subjected to regular reviews, Gambia’s ambassadors to Senegal, Turkey, Belgium, Guinea-Bissau, Ethiopia and China will be remaining in their respective missions.

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