Gambia’s President Adama Barrow will name his cabinet on Monday and his Vice President will be a woman.
While ECOWAS troops were marching to secure Banjul, Barrow and his top advisers were going through a list of cabinet members in tremendous detail.
As the day nears, Gambians are watching with astonishment. It’s a moment that will highlight the stark differences between President Adama Barrow and former President Yahya Jammeh.
Barrow built his cabinet almost entirely in secret and one known member will be longtime opposition leader and human rights lawyer Ousainou Darboe.
The list of vice presidential picks is not long looking at the coalition backing Barrow. Names like Dr. Isatou Touray, Fatoumata Tambajang and Fatou Jaw Manneh have come up.
There is, of course, the possibility of someone completely out of left field that no one is discussing.
Barrow’s aides, who are enjoying the speculations are preparing for the big announcement.
Others though have an appeal for coalition Spokesperson Halifa Sallah to be named vice president. They seemed destined to be disappointed but progressives and gender activists may be elated with Barrow’s pick.
Observers stressed that the vice president should be someone who is strong enough to sit in the leather chairs in the State House and not just a ceremonial figure.