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    Gambia-Sierra Leone-Diplomacy

    Gambian ambassador to Freetown passes away

    APA-Banjul (The Gambia)

    The Gambian ambassador to Sierra Leone, Femi Peters has died in Freetown at the age of 72, his son confirmed to APA on Sunday.

    Mr. Peters who was appointed ambassador to Freetown a year ago died of acute diabetes on Saturday.

    Speaking from his home in the United Kingdom, Ingram Peters said his father’s death has robbed his family and his native Gambia of a pillar who played a decisive role in uprooting Yahya Jammeh’s controversial 22-year rule last year.

    Mr. Peters whose political career began in the 1980s, was a publicity secretary of the then opposition United Democratic Party.

    He served a one-year prison sentence in 2010 for using a loudspeaker to rally supporters.

    He was one of several grandees of the UDP detained in April 2016 for demonstrating after a crackdown on a protest by electoral reform activists.

    Peters was released along with UDP leader Ousainou Darboe after Yahya Jammeh lost the December 1 2016 presidential election to current President Adama Barrow and appointed ambassador to Sierra Leone shortly afterwards.


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