The government of Gambia has expelled the European Union’s top diplomat in the West African state, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday, but gave no further details.

Agnès Guillaud, the European Union’s chargée d’affaires in Banjul, who is acting in place of an ambassador, was asked to leave Gambia within 72 hours, according to the statement, which was read on Gambia national TV.

The statement said the decision was effective on Friday. No reason was given for the expulsion.

Gambian President Yahya Jammeh, 50, has ruled the tiny west African nation with a firm hand since he came to power in a coup some 20 years ago.

He has stifled dissent and has faced increased criticism from abroad over issues ranging from human rights to claims he can cure HIV/Aids. He has also cracked down on the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.


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