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Gambian president sacks deputy, two senior ministers but presence of regional peacekeeping force mitigates civil war risk

19 March 2019
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Gambian President Adama Barrow sacked Vice-President Ousainou Darboe and two senior ministers on 15 March without explanation. Darboe, Minister of Commerce Amadou Sanneh, and Minister of Agriculture Lamin Jobe were all members of the United Democratic Party (UDP), which now has no ministers in government despite holding an absolute majority in the National Assembly following elections in April 2017. All three sacked ministers had been jailed on spurious grounds by previous president Yahya Jammeh (1996–2017); however, they were pardoned by Barrow when he took over as president following regional military intervention to remove the dictatorial Jammeh in January 2017 after his election defeat by Barrow.

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