Gambia’s Vice President has joined eight cabinet ministers to resign in the face of the political impasse in the country sparked by President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to step down.
Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy resigned on Wednesday, same day as Minister of Higher Education, Research, Science, Technology & Religious Affairs, Abubacar Senghore, who is the eighth cabinet member to leave the government this month.
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Jammeh had refused to hand over power to Barrow, saying that external forces meddled in the December 1 election.
“I have been under unsurmountable pressure to resign from 9th December 2016 but I have been morally and legally duty bound to continue serving under your leadership to the end of your tenure. Given my strong religious and legal background, I feel it is now ethically and legally speaking time to step down,” Senghore said.
The total number of ministers who have resigned from Jammeh’s cabinet are now eight.