President Adama Barrow of The Gambia has named Masanneh Kinteh as the new head of the armed forces.
The new army chief was confirmed after the Gen. Ousman Badjie was sacked as army chief and redeployed to the Foreign Service.
Until his appointment as army chief, Kinteh was earlier in February named President Barrow’s military aide, APA reports.
The 48-year-old former Gambian Chief of Mission in Havana, Cuba, is a retired lieutenant general who also served as army chief from 2009 to 2012
Gen Badjie came to the limelight during Gambia’s protracted political quagmire over disputed elections from December to January.
He had earlier publicly backed opposition poll winner Adama Barrow after then incumbent Jammeh conceded defeat in the December 1 poll.
After Jammeh challenged the outcome of the elections and plunged the country into a political crisis, Badjie declared his backing for the embattled leader, saying he had paid his salary as head of the army.
Gen Badjie and his men did not put up any resistance when a regional intervention force drove into The Gambia to force Jammeh to relinquish power later in January and end the stalemate.