Gambian President Barrow confirms Fatoumata Tambajang as Vice-President

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has confirmed Fatoumata Tambajang as his vice president.

The confirmation ends an eight-month dispute which questioned her appointment.

Barrow had selected Tambajang in January after he took over powers but was unable to swear her in due to a law that prevented senior citizens from taking up the position.

“President Barrow has confirmed Fatoumata Tambajang as Vice-President. She is the second female vice-president in our nation’s history,” said Press Secretary Amie Bojang-Sisohore.

The law was later amended in March but pro-democracy campaigners protested that the change did not follow due process.

The law was later shelved by a vote in the Gambian parliament in July.

She has been the overseer of the vice presidency and had already being sworn-in as Minister of Women’s Affairs.

She is a former Gambian health minister and UN official who worked in war-torn African nations where she was once held, hostage.

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