Gambian Leader Appoints Coup Plotter as Minister

Gambian Leader Appoints Coup Plotter as Minister

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has fired his interior minister and replaced him with a military officer previously convicted of plotting a coup against him

A press release read over state television on Sunday night said long time minister Ousman Sonko would be replaced “with immediate effect” by Momodou Alieu bah, who helped mount a 2006 coup against Jammeh.

Bah had previously served as finance director for the Gambia’s armed forces, and hails from Lamin, a village close to the capital, Banjul.

He was sentenced to 25 years in jail in 2006 following the attempted overthrow but granted amnesty in 2010 after he testified during the trial of the chief of defence staff of the Gambia armed forces, lieutenant general Lang Tombong Tamba.

Bah’s sacked predecessor Sonko was previously a member of the presidential guard and protected Jammeh when he was threatened with a separate coup attempt in 2000, rather than joining other guards mounting an insurrection.

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