Gambia’s President Adama Barrow says Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang is Minister for Women’s Affairs overseeing the Office of the Vice President.
It means the Gambia is without a vice president who would take over if anything happens to Mr. Barrow.
The maneuver means the country’s Speaker of the House, Abdoulie Bojang, appointed by former President Yahya Jammeh is in line for the presidency in case of an emergency involving Mr. Barrow.
The president found himself facing backlash for naming Tambajang as his vice presidential pick after pro-democracy activists say while she was competent for the job, she was constitutionally barred.
Gambia’s constitution has age restrictions that prevent senior citizens, 65 years or older, from becoming president or vice president.
It means Tambajang, who is reported to be 68 is ineligible for the job.
Official sources say she has, however, submitted documentations to the oversight committee commissioned by the president to vet cabinet nominees.
The committee has since cleared her for the job.
Barrow had said Tambajang is eligible and those that have questions over her eligibility should prove it.
Constitutional reforms are on the way, starting with electoral regulations. Political pundits believe that age restriction will be quickly amended to have Tambajang officially sworn-in as Vice President of The Gambia.