Former opposition leader to be in Barrow’s cabinet

Former opposition leader to be in Barrow’s cabinet

Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow said former opposition leader Ousainou Darboe, who many predict may be the next Attorney General and Justice Minister, will be in his cabinet.

Barrow did not say what role he will be given.

Darboe has been the leader of the main opposition United Democratic Party since 1996. The human rights lawyer has been Jammeh’s main rival and the biggest threat to his rule.

Darboe has lost severally against Jammeh but his jailing last year was seen as one of the major reasons Jammeh lost last month’s election.

His absence gave rise to President Barrow, a businessman without political experience, who was the accountant for his party.

Gambian observers are anxiously waiting for Mr. Barrow to announce his cabinet.

At least eight political groups formed a coalition to challenge Mr. Jammeh. Barrow was selected to lead the opposition groups after unity talks led to a convention.

Barrow is expected to rule for three years and Gambians will head to the polls to vote for a new president in which all parties will run on their own.

(Reporting and Writing by Sainey MK Marenah; Additional Writing and Editing by Sam Phatey)

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