Gambia: New ministers to be sworn-in on Saturday

Gambia: New ministers to be sworn-in on Saturday

Presidential vetting committee has cleared at least five people who will be sworn-in as ministers on Saturday morning.

President Adama Barrow’s cabinet is taking shape with 11 ministers already sworn-in including interior, justice and foreign affairs ministers.

The State House has kept a tight lid on the cabinet nomination after the new government faced backlash over the constitutionality of President Barrow’s veep pick.

An adviser to President Barrow confirmed on Thursday that Information and Telecommunications Minister, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister, and Basic and Secondary Education Minister will be sworn-in.

The Secretary to Cabinet will be administering the oath of office to the ministers at the Kairaba Hotel where Barrow has his temporal office. The ceremony will be quick and without fanfare, except for the whirring and clicking of cameras.

Gambian judiciary officials also said Barrow has picked former UN Prosecutor Hassan B. Jallow as Chief Justice.

A wealthy businesswoman, Barrow is set to retake his oath of office in a special ceremony during the country’s 52nd independence anniversary celebration.

West African leaders have pledged to attend and so far Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara and Beninese President Patrice Talon have confirmed their attendance during a press conference in Abidjan.

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