Senegal: More ministers quit Jammeh's govt

Dakar, Senegal (PANA) – Gambia's Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, Abdou Kolley, along with two other ministers have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh's government, PANA reported Tuesday.

The ministerial resignations came as Jammeh refused to peacefully hand over power to Gambia's President-elect, Adama Barrow, who was declared winner of the country's 1 December, 2016, election.

According to sources, Mr. Kolley who has since arrived in Dakar, Senegal, has been replaced by Benjamin Roberts, Gambia's former Tourism Minister.

Similarly, Nene Macdouall Gaye, Gambia's Foreign Minister, is said to have also tendered her resignation letter along with Pa Ousman Jarju, the Minister of the Environment, Climate Change, Fisheries, Water and Wildlife.

Earlier, Gambia's Information and Communication Minister, Sheriff Bojang, quit his post and acknowledged Mr Adama Barrow as the President-elect, ''stemming from the wishes of Gambians and the will of the almighty Allah''.

Mr. Bojang who fled the Gambia and has since arrived in Dakar, said his resignation was prompted by President Jammeh's annulment of the election results.

''In taking this decision and making this statement, I have not sought the undue advice or help of anyone within or outside The Gambia and I am not seeking the validation or otherwise of any person or group.''

''I also call on President Jammeh to respect the wishes of Gambians and the will of the almighty Allah he so much expressly believes in, and start the transition and hand over power within the stipulated 60 days from the elections,'' Mr. Bojang noted.
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17 january 2017 15:52:31

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