The Gambia’s President Yahya Jammeh has appointed his longtime education minister Fatou Lamin Faye as his Chief of Staff on Monday, State House officials confirmed.
Faye who is an educator by profession is now the West African nation’s Presidential and legislative Affairs Minister. Legislative Affairs Minister was a post previously held by Infrastructure Minister Bala Garba Jahumpa. The Presidential Affairs Minister was a position attached to the country’s Secretary General and Civil Service Chief portfolio until last year.
Jammeh is seeking a fifth term this winter and has made rare changes in his cabinet.
He replaced his most trusted security advisor, Interior Minister Ousman Sonko with Momodou Bah, an active member of the armed forces who was accused of attempting to military oust him and sentenced to 25 years in jail before he was pardoned.
More than six others people have held the post of Minister of Presidential Affairs since 2013 including three others who have been sent to prison for abuse of office.
Faye has been education minister since 2004 and one of Jammeh’s most senior cabinet members.