Serekunda, GAMBIA:  Gambia's Minister of Foreign Affairs Neneh Macdouall Gaye wears a scarf from the Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction party during President Yahya Jammeh's presidential campaign meeting 20 September 2006 in Serekunda. Gambians go to the polls 22 September 2006 in a presidential vote expected to give incumbent Yahya Jammeh a third term as head of this tiny West African state, in the face of a weak opposition. AFP PHOTO SEYLLOU  (Photo credit should read SEYLLOU/AFP/Getty Images)

Gambia: Jammeh officials to surrender diplomatic passports

Former officials of the Gambia’s ousted President Yahya Jammeh are ordered by the new Barrow administration to return their diplomatic passports to the West African authorities.

Gambia’s Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe said all those in possession of Gambian diplomatic and service passports and are no longer in the civil service or entitled to such state privilege are to surrender the said passports to the Division of Protocol Services.

Jammeh, who was defeated in the December 2016 elections had given Gambian diplomatic passports to dozens of private and foreign citizens, including musicians from neighboring Senegal and a handful of reggae musicians.

Passports of some senior officials had been kept at Jammeh’s office and would need travel clearance from him to leave the country.

At least a dozen ambassadors have been reinstated by President Adama Barrow after Jammeh fired them for urging him to step down and hand over power to Barrow.

Jammeh’s refusal to cede power nearly threw the country into a bloodbath but fled to Equatorial Guinea after regional troops advanced on the capital to uphold the outcome of the polls.

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