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Gambia VP Dies

Map of Gambia in West Africa. Image uploaded July 20, 2020

Gambia's Vice-President Badara Alieu Joof has died of illness in India, President Adama Barrow said on Tuesday.

Barrow said on Twitter that Joof had died "after a short illness" without providing further detail.

“Fellow #Gambians it is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing away of my #Vice President, His Excellency, Badara Alieu Joof. The sad event took place in India after a short illness. May Allah grant him Jannahtul Firdawsi,” Barrow stated.

The vice president had left Gambia about three weeks ago to seek medical treatment.

Joof, 65, was appointed vice president of the West African country in 2022. He had previously served as education minister.