03 February 2017

Ex-prisoner sworn into Gambian cabinet


A newly released prisoner has just been made The Gambia’s finance minister.

Just 72 hours ago Amadou Sanneh was still in jail for being an opponent of former President Yahya Jammeh, who went into exile about 10 days ago, the Associated Press news agency reports.

Among other the cabinet members sworn in today was a long-time opponent of Mr Jammeh’s Ousainou Darboe, who has also spent time in jail as a political prisoner.

According to the AFP news agency, he has been made foreign minister.

Mr Jammeh, who came to power in a bloodless coup in 1994, lost elections in December to Adama Barrow, who was backed by a coalition of opposition parties.

At first he accepted defeat, but then tried to get the results annulled.

West African leaders sent troops into The Gambia on the day Mr Jammeh was officially supposed to hand over power – and mediated his exit to Equatorial Guinea


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