Jammeh’s ministers begins resigning enmasse

Jammeh has become increasingly isolated at home and abroad after he refused to accept his Dec. 1 defeat to opposition leader Adama Barrow.

Gambia’s Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance, Trade and Environment have resigned from Yahya Jammeh’s government.

They all resigned as rumors of regional forces prepares to oust the veteran leader unless he steps down by Thursday.

Jammeh came to power in 1994 through a bloodless coup. He’s ruled his country since 1994.

The surprise loss was seen as a boost to democracy since the Gambia has had only two presidents since it gained independence in 1965.

Jammeh’s refusal to step aside has caused a wave of panic across the country as many residents have fled to neighboring countries.

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A senior Nigerian military source said Nigeria and other West African nations were prepared to intervene militarily.

“The chiefs of defense staff of West African countries met on Monday to discuss strategies on the best way to get Jammeh out.

“That is if he refuses to hand over power on Thursday.

“Some West African countries will be contributing troops, including Nigeria, for the operation,’’ said the source.

According to Gambian state television on late Monday, Finance Minister Abdou Kolley was being replaced.

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Ministry sources said other government leaders including Foreign Minister Neneh Macdouall-Gaye had left the government and the country.

Their departures follow the resignation of communications minister Sheriff Bojang last week.

The mayor of the capital Banjul has also resigned, according to sources at the city council. (Reuters)