President Yahya Jammeh has sacked the US ambassador who called for him to accept defeat to Adama Barrow in elections this month, according to a letter written by the ambassador.
In a letter being shared on social media bearing the embassy’s official stamp, Ambassador Omar Faye writes:
I would like to inform my friends
, colleagues and all Gambians that I have been recalled for home service.
The ambassador says he will stand down willingly, adding he’s like the long-serving ruler to follow his example:
I hope and pray that president
Jammeh will likewise hand over to President
Elect Adama Barrow.
He finishes his letter by urging all authorities, especially the army, which observers say is the key to the outcome of The Gambia’s election crisis, to respect Mr Barrow’s win in the 1 December election:
I am hereby reminding all Gambian officials, civil servants and military personnel [that] they are serving the people of The Gambia and must protect its security, peace and prosperity.
As a former military officer, I was taught loyalty to country FIRST. I hope the armed and security forces will uphold the WILL of The Gambian people made on December 1, 2016.”