Dictatorial Gambia’s VP meets democratic Gambia’s VP

Dictatorial Gambia’s VP meets democratic Gambia’s VP

Gambia’s former Vice President Isatou Njie-Saidy met with the country’s veep pick Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang at her office in Kairaba.

They had a brief talk before Njie-Saidy led her team of former Jammeh cabinet ministers to meet with President Adama Barrow and his cabinet.

The former vice president has been the longest-serving in ousted dictator Yahya Jammeh’s cabinet and implicated in the April 2000 killing of at least 14 student protesters.

Jammeh’s longest-serving Interior Minister Ousman Sonko is being detained and investigated by Swiss authorities for crimes against humanities.

Jammeh’s regime and security forces under his rule committed serious human rights violations against perceived critics and political opponents, perpetuating a climate of fear and repression.

Njie-Saidy was the chair of the country’s National Security Council tasked with overseeing the security apparatus, detention centers and the joint chiefs of staff.

She defended the 2012 execution of nine inmates, sparking an international outcry but in 2015, relations between Jammeh and Njie-Saidy soured.

Although she campaigned for the autocratic ruler, she resigned few hours before Jammeh’s mandate expired pending his forceful ouster by West African troops deployed to enforce the outcome of the polls.

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