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President Barrow Gambian Appoints Jammeh’s Ex- Minister As Vice-President

Poster: STANCOBRIDGE | Date: 12:40am, 24th Jan 2017. | Views: 227 | 1 Replies
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STANCOBRIDGE. Jalingo, Taraba
12:40am, 24th Jan 2017.


The Gambian President Adama Barrow has
announced the appointment of an ex-minister
to former President Yahya Jammeh as Vice
President.

The appointment of Fatoumata Jallow-
Tambajang, a former Health Minister, as the
Vice President, is Mr. Barrow’s first
appointment since he took office on January
19.

Tambajang is a prominent pro-democracy
activist who was the driving force behind
forming a coalition of opposition parties that
rallied behind Barrow during the Dec. 1
presidential election.

Speaking on the appointment, the country’s
Spokesman Halifa Sallah said she was
appointed to correct the gender balance in
Barrow’s administration.

“Consideration has been given in terms of
balance of the constitution of the cabinet,” he
said.

Meanwhile, President Barrow is planning to
return to Gambia on Tuesday, as West African
troops have secured the country, Sallah, his
spokesperson said on Monday.

Mr. Barrow will return to the capital, Banjul,
from neighbouring Senegal, where he sought
refuge for security reasons.

His return to Gambia comes after his
predecessor left for Equatorial Guinea on
Saturday, after weeks of pressure from West
African leaders to step down.

There are also strong indications that
Gambians, in droves, have started to return
home from neighbouring Senegal on Monday,
hours after ECOWAS troops secured Banjul and
took control over the seat of government, State
House.

Dozens of buses carried Gambians back across
the border, while checkpoints were crowded
with those waiting to cross on foot, bicycle or
by car.

No less than 45,000 Gambians had fled to
Senegal since the election, according to the UN
High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR).
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