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Gambia’s president fires army chief

The Gambian President Adama Barrow has fired the head of the armed forces, Gen Ousman Badjie.

Gen Badjie declared his loyalty to the former President Yahya Jammeh after December’s disputed elections.

However, he joined in dancing on the streets after Mr Barrow was sworn in as president while in exile in Senegal in January.

Then, under his command, the army did not offer any resistance when a West African regional force moved into The Gambia.

The regional troops played a part in persuading Mr Jammeh to accept his electoral defeat and leave the country.

General Badjie has reportedly been replaced by his predecessor General Masanneh Kinteh.