Barrow faces dissent over appointment of Jammeh’s House Speaker

Barrow faces dissent over appointment of Jammeh’s House Speaker

Pro-democracy activists are opposing the Barrow administration for appointing the West African nation’s former parliament speaker, Abdoulie Bojang as Ambassador to South Africa.

Bojang’s appointment sparked fury amongst many, including Barrow’s supporters, who are calling on the Africa’s newest ruler to rescind the decision.

Activists are accusing former Speaker Bojang of committing treason. While being the Speaker of the House, the Jammeh-backed parliament voted to extend the ousted leader’s mandate to aid him in holding on to power.

Jammeh suffered defeat in the hands of Mr. Barrow but refused to cede power. The parliament under Bojang passed a state of emergency but reversed it after West African forces took the capital, Banjul and installed Barrow as president.

Political activists redlined Barrow’s appointment of Bojang as “hypocritical,” describing his government’s recall of some Jammeh appointed ambassadors, including Sheikh Omar Faye, the first diplomat to urge Jammeh to step aside as “unfair and politically motivated.”

Gambia’s government has not responded to calls to withdraw Bojang’s posting into the Foreign Service. President Adama Barrow had said he will not employ former senior Jammeh officials but also vowed that there will be no witch-hunt in the post Jammeh-era.

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