Senegal’s President Macky Sall has removed from his cabinet his Foreign Minister that was instrumental in rallying international backing to depose Gambia’s ex-leader, Yahya Jammeh.
Sall reshuffled his cabinet following his party’s landslide victory in the legislative elections. His Foreign Minister Mankeur Ndiaye was not among those reinstated.
The leader of the Benno Bok Yakarr coalition also relegated his Internal Security and Public Safety Minister, Abdoulaye Diallo to Transport Minister.
Ndiaye and Diallo played leading roles in getting West African troops ready to enter Banjul and plug Jammeh out of power. Their efforts led to Jammeh fleeing to Equatorial Guinea.
Ndiaye pushed for backing from the UN and the African Union to use military force to bend Jammeh to respect the outcome of the elections in which he was defeated by his rival, Adama Barrow.
Gambia and Senegal have signed a series of security and energy cooperation since the coming of President Barrow to power.
Diallo and Gambia’s internal security minister, Mai Ahmad Fatty last month signed additional security cooperation between the two countries.
Barrow has extended the mandate of West African troops, mostly Senegalese forces helping him stabilize the security situation in the country.