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Gambia Gets New VP

Gambia Gets New VPGambia Gets New VP

Gambia’s new vice president will be a leader of the opposition coalition that helped bring new President Adama Barrow to power, a presidential spokesman announced on Monday, as regional troops continued security sweeps to prepare for Barrow’s return to the country he now rules. The appointment of Fatoumata Tambajang as vice president was announced at a news conference by coalition spokesman, Halifa Sallah. He said the rest of Barrow’s Cabinet would be revealed on Tuesday, ABC News reported. A former UN Development Program staffer, Tambajang was instrumental in helping Gambia’s opposition parties overcome their differences and unite against ousted president Yahya Jammeh, who came to power in a coup and ruled for 22 years. Barrow remained in Senegal on Monday, where he traveled more than a week ago when it was uncertain whether Jammeh would acknowledge defeat in the December election and step down. Barrow’s return date has not been fixed. The armed forces have pledged loyalty to him, though regional forces from the West African body known as ECOWAS on Monday continued to push Gambian soldiers out of the official residence, State House, in advance of Barrow’s arrival.

 

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