Mindanao Times

Barrow appoints controvers­ial official


GAMBIAN President Adama Barrow on Thursday reshuffled his government, controvers­ially appointing as interior minister a former police chief who was in post when a political activist was murdered.

Solo Sandeng’s death in custody in April 2016 sparked a political movement that eventually ousted former leader Yahya Jam

meh, who ruled the tiny West African nation with an iron fist for 22 years. Sandeng’s killing encouraged a weak and split political opposition to unite behind Barrow who went on to beat Jammeh in a December 2016 election. Barrow also appointed a defence minister, former Olympic sprinter Sheikh Omar Faye, for the first time in 22 years, a statement said. The functions were previously exercised by the president Gambian prosecutor­s in March 2018 charged eight former spies with conspiracy to murder Sandeng while nine more, including the National Intelligen­ce Agency former chief Yankuba Badjie, are already on trial. Agence France-Presse

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