(JollofNews) – President Yahya Jammeh has terminated the appointment of 12 high profile Gambian diplomats after they publicly failed to back his bid to hang on to power.
The ambassadors including Dembo M. Badgie in Beijing, Sheikh Omar Faye in Washington, Momodou Badgie in Ankara, Elizabeth Ya Eli Harding in London, Dr. Mamadou Tangara in New York, Momodou Aki Bayo in Moscow, Teneng Mba Jaiteh in Brussels, Momodou Pa Njie in Dakar, Lang Yabou in Madrid, Masanneh N. Kinteh in Havana, Abdou Jarju in Bissau and Mass Axi Gai in Addis Ababa last month distanced themselves from Mr Jammeh and urged him to handover power peacefully to opposition candidate Adama Barrow
Mr Barrow was declared winner of last month’s election after he secured more than 45% of the vote according to the country’s electoral commission.
Mr Jammeh had initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as rigged proof. He changed his mind a week later and declared the results null and void citing huge and unacceptable mistakes by the electoral commission.
He also ordered security forces to take over the headquarters of the electoral commission shortly afterwards. He is also challenging the results at the supreme court and is asking judges to declare him winner of the election.
But the diplomats said Mr Jammeh’s rejection of the election results has the potential of undermining the peace and stability that the Gambia is renowned for.
Mr Jammeh’s mandate is due to end on January 18th, he has so far refused calls to step down.