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Gambian minister ‘quits in protest’ amid political deadlock

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh attends a meeting with a delegation of West African leaders during the election crisis mediation at the presidential palace in Banjul, Gambia December 13, 2016

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West African leaders have been attempting to persuade Gambian President Yahya Jammeh (centre) to step down

Gambian data minister Sheriff Bojang has resigned to protest President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to simply accept defeat in final month’s presidential election, studies say.

Efforts to contest the outcomes have been “an try and subvert the specific will” of the Gambian individuals, he mentioned in a press release, Reuters information company studies.

State tv reported that Mr Bojang had been sacked.

The UN Safety Council has called on President Jammeh to step down.

He initially accepted that opposition chief Adama Barrow received the election, however then reversed his resolution, citing electoral “abnormalities”.

“The Gambia has determined and we should settle for and respect this resolution,” Mr Bojang mentioned in his assertion. He additionally spoke to Reuters by cellphone from neighbouring Senegal.

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In October Sheriff Bojang made headlines when he introduced The Gambia’s intention to drag out of the Worldwide Legal Court docket.

He described it as “an Worldwide Caucasian Court docket for the persecution and humiliation of individuals of color, particularly Africans”.

Yahya Jammeh has dominated The Gambia since taking energy in a coup in 1994. He has acquired a fame as a ruthless chief.

A trio of West African leaders, together with Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari, will journey to the nation on Wednesday in a second bid to persuade him to simply accept the outcomes.

The Gambia has not had a easy switch of energy since independence from Britain in 1965 and regional grouping Ecowas has positioned forces on standby in case Mr Jammeh doesn’t step down.

Final week, the top of The Gambia’s military gave his full backing to the president.