President Jahya Jammeh of The Gambia has recalled his country's ambassador to neighbouring Senegal after he featured among prominent diplomats calling for him to step down and hand over power, the Jeune Afrique newspaper reports.

The embattled outgoing head of state is said to have sent an official note to Momodou Njie in Dakar, Senegal, terminating his office as chief Gambian diplomat there.

The note sent on 27 December puts the embassy's general secretary in charge of the diplomatic mission, according to Jeune Afrique.

Last month, 11 Gambian ambassadors serving in various countries around the world called on Mr Jammeh to hand over power.

The diplomats included Mr Njie as well as the ambassadors to Beijing, London, New York, Moscow and Brussels.

BBC Africa