Gambia’s President Adama Barrow has named Fatoumata Tambajang as his vice president.
Mrs. Tambang, a former UN official and health minister is the chair of the coalition that defeated erstwhile President Yahya Jammeh in the December 1 presidential polls.
Tambajang worked in war-torn regions where she had been held hostage.
Tambajng led mediation efforts during talks to unite the opposition. The efforts led to a coalition of eight opposition groups led by Adama Barrow, the country’s new president.
The new vice president was against former President Yahya Jammeh leaving the country warning against the former leader’s capability to start an insurgency.
Reports indicated that Jammeh had hired mercenaries from Liberia and regional troops in the Gambia are now looking for a cache of heavy weapons that have gone missing in from the arsenal of the presidential guards unit.
The VP pick has supported calls for the Gambia’s return to the Commonwealth and International Criminal Court, institutions that Jammeh unilaterally withdrew the Gambia from.