Gambia’s Ambassador to Spain, Lang Yabou has been summoned for an explanation following a fake tweet recognizing the autonomous region of Catalonia after the province declared independence.
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has imposed direct rule and dismissed Catalonia’s president and Cabinet, and dissolved its Parliament on Friday hours after lawmakers voted to separate from Spain.
Gambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has denied reports that it has congratulated the people of Catalonia. A fake twitter account being operated in the name of Gambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs made the congratulatory announcement on Twitter on Friday.
So far, no country has recognized Catalonia as an independent nation and the Washington is backing Madrid’s imposing of direct rule over the region.
The Catalan leader, Carles Puigdemont faces imminent arrest after he continued to defy Madrid by standing by the declaration of independence he led in Catalonia’s parliament.
In an effort to defuse tensions, the regional police force urged its members to behave in a neutral manner and not to take sides, an internal note seen on Saturday by Reuters showed.
Gambia’s Foreign Ministry was caught up in a different woe after the Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe was quoted saying that the African Union and ECOWAS should engage Togo and persuade the West African president to step down.
They denied the report and said it was up to the people of Togo to decide whether President Faure Gnassingbe should stay in power.
There are two Twitter accounts claiming to be associated with the Gambia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs but some tweets from both accounts have been very undiplomatic and rather reckless.
A similar confusion happened when two different Twitter accounts being handled by separate members of Gambia’s President Adama Barrow’s campaign team made conflicting tweets. Twitter has now marked and verified the official one being used by Mr. Barrow and his spokesperson, Amie Bojang-Sissoho.
(Reporting and Writing by Mustapha Darboe; Additional Writing and Editing by Sam Phatey)