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21 Gambian diplomats could be jobless in May

Mamadou Tangara, Gambia's foreign affairs minister
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At least 21 Gambian diplomats over the past week have been notified of the expiry of their term as May approaches, The Point newspaper reported on Monday.

Mamadou Tangara, Gambia’s foreign affairs minister

According The Point which cited anonymous sources, the two-year contract for several of the country’s ambassadors and other diplomats are due to expire on 17 May 2019.

The officials concerned who were appointed on 16 May 2017 have all been notified and recalled, sources told The Point. This includes some prominent politicians including United Democratic Party’s Kemesseng Jammeh.

According to our source, it is now up to President Barrow to decide whether or not to renew the contracts of individual diplomats.

Officials refused to name those affected by the decision.  Some ambassadors and diplomats are believed to have not been affected by the decision.

Officials said that none of the affected officials resigned or were sacked. “It is simply a matter of their contracts running out,” a person familiar with the matter said.

The Gambia has embassies and consulates in many countries around the world. These include Senegal, the United Kingdom, United States, India, Switzerland, India, Guinea Bissau, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Cuba, Mauritania, Ethiopia, South Africa, Russia, Spain, Malaysia, France, Turkey, Belgium and Saudi Arabia. The Gambia has an embassy in Riyadh the capital of Saudi Arabia and a consulate in Jeddah.

 

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