(JollofNews) – With eight days left before the end of his tenure of office, President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia Tuesday parted company with his minister of Youth and Sports, Alieu K. Jammeh.
Mr Jammeh is third minister to exit President Jammeh’s cabinet in less than a week. He is succeeded by a previously unknown figure, Gabriel Gomez.
No reason was given for Mr Jammeh’s removal but a statement from the Office of the President said it was done in accordance with the Gambian constitution.
Alieu Jammeh joined Mr Jammeh’s cabinet in February 2012.
A graduate of Malaysia’s International Islamic University and University of York, he held various senior positions in the Gambian civil service in permanent secretary ministery of Youth and Sports, principal assistant secretary, Ministry of Youth and Sports, and principal decentralisation officer for planning and strategy, Directorate of Governance, Ministry of Local Government and Lands.
President Jammeh’s mandate expires on January 18th following his surprised defeat in last month’s election.
The election was called in favour of opposition candidate Adama Barrow who won more than 45% of the vote according to the country’s electoral commission.
Mr Jammeh had initially conceded defeat and praised the country’s electoral system as rigged proof. He changed his mind a week later and declared the results null and void citing huge and unacceptable mistakes by the electoral commission.
He has vowed to cling to power despite numerous appeals by the UN Security Council and regional organisations.