President Barrow says veep pick is orthodox

President Barrow says veep pick is orthodox

Gambia’s President Adama Barrow said his vice presidential nomination is in conformity with the Gambia’s constitution.

Constitutional controversy was sparked after Mr. Barrow named former health minister and UN official Fatoumata Tambajang as his vice presidential pick.

Pro-democracy watchdogs relied on a Wikipedia page to argue that Mrs. Tambajang’s appointment is an outlier from the constitution and called for her nomination to be rescinded.

The Gambia’s constitution bars does that are above the age of 65 from being president or vice president. Tambajang’s age according to activists is 67.

An oversight committee set up by President Barrow to vet all cabinet picks have cleared her after she submitted documents.

Barrow has suspended the announcement of all cabinet appointments pending their confirmation by the committee.

The new president is scheduled to be in the capital, Banjul to take over power. West African forces have secured the presidential compound, The State House ahead of his arrival.

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