Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has appointed a former Gambian diplomat, Bubacarr Sanyang as the country’s new Ambassador to the United States
Sanyang’s appointment came after Washington reportedly blocked Barrow’s pick of North Carolina resident, Ebrima Manneh as his chief envoy. Manneh has since been in The Gambia and remains close to the presidency.
Sanyang had been in postings to London and represented The Gambia in other missions. He was former head of Income Tax for the Revenue Authority. He is from Faraba Bantang, Kombo East in the West Coast Region.
The newly appointed envoy to the U.S. is still in Banjul, awaiting acceptance of his credence from the Trump White House through Rex Tillerson’s State Department.
Gambia, a nation of fewer than two million people has had its fair share of rhetorics with the U.S. under former presidents Barack Obama and Yahya Jammeh.
The Obama Administration has removed the small West African state from the AGOA trade agreement over Jammeh’s rights abuses and placed visa restrictions for not taking back its deported citizens.
Both nations now have new leaders, Trump and Barrow, voted into office less than a month apart and sworn into office just a day apart but the preferential trade ban and visa restrictions remain.
Trump and Barrow are both real estate developers and political novices but ran on different agendas. Trump ran a decisive identity politics campaign while Barrow ran a campaign that united the country to oust an autocratic strongman.