Gambia’s Foreign Minister Resigns Leaving Yahya Jammeh With One Less Ally

On Monday, Gambia’s Supreme court refused President Yahya Jammeh and his party’s application to stop the inauguration of President-elect Adama Barrow, which would mean that any stay in the Presidential office by President Jammeh after Wednesday would be illegal.

It was a blow to the President, who has been calling for fresh polls to be conducted and who has over time caused the international community and other African countries to step into Gambia’s situation.

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The opposition party of President-elect Adama Barrow has already said that the President would be considered a rebel leader if he does not step aside when his term ends.

With all these strikes against him, President Jammeh was in for another negative event as he lost the support of his close ally, Gambia’s foreign minister Neneh MacDouall-Gaye.

Neneh MacDouall-Gaye

Neneh MacDouall-Gaye resigned from her position following in the footsteps of Gambia’s information minister, Sheriff Bojang, who resigned and fled the country last week, protesting Jammeh’s refusal to accept the result of December’s presidential election.

The foreign minister said that she could no longer perform her duties effectively under “the prevailing circumstances.” She wrote in a resignation letter to the President;

“This letter serves as a formal notice of my resignation as the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of The Gambia.”

“After due deliberation, I am of the conviction that under the prevailing circumstances I cannot effectively serve as foreign minister.”

Neneh MacDouall-Gaye was said to be one of President Jammeh’s most trusted allies, serving the country in various capacities under his rule. She has previously served as the minister of trade, industry and employment, the country’s ambassador to the United States, and minister of communication, information and technology.

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In her resignation letter, she thanked the President for giving her an opportunity to serve the country and prayed that the political impasse would be resolved peacefully. Reports have it that she fled the country prior to turning in her resignation.

Unconfirmed reports also have it that the country’s minister of finance and economic affairs, Addou Kolley, minister of trade, industry and employment, Abdou Jobe, minister of Environment, Ousman Jarju, may have also resigned from the government.

This will mean that President Jammeh’s close allies are bailing out even as his tenure gets set to end on Wednesday. If he chooses to still stay, it may be a very lonely battle.