Four Gambia ministers resign from Jammeh's government

 17 Jan 2017 - 12:23

Four Gambia ministers resign from Jammeh's government
Mai Fatty, special advisor to the Gambian president-elect, speaks during a press briefing in Dakar on January 16, 2017. The inauguration of The Gambia's president-elect Adama Barrow will go ahead on January 19, his spokesman insisted on January 15, as President Yahya Jammeh declared once again he would not step down by then. (AFP)

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BANJUL: Gambia's ministers for finance, foreign affairs, trade and the environment have resigned from President Yahya Jammeh's government, according to ministry sources and state television.

The veteran leader lost a December 1 vote to president-elect Adama Barrow who is due to be sworn in on Thursday. Jammeh conceded defeat but now says he will not step down. Regional leaders have threatened sanctions or military intervention to remove him from power.

Nigerian and other West African countries are preparing a joint force to intervene militarily in Gambia if Jammeh does not hand over power, a Nigerian military source said on Tuesday.

"A decision has been taken that he will not remain president of Gambia at the expiration of his tenure," the source said,
referring to Jammeh.

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