FJT sworn-in as ‘just’ women’s affairs minister

FJT sworn-in as ‘just’ women’s affairs minister

Gambia’s acting Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang has been sworn-in on Thursday as the country’s Minister for Women’s Affairs.

An attempt by the Barrow administration to ax the upper age limit restricting Tambajng from taking the office of the vice president suffered a setback.

The amendment to the constitution to remove the discriminatory law against senior citizens did not follow proper procedure, Attorney General Aboubacarr Baa Tambadou said.

The campaign is still on for Barrow to name a new pick for the vice presidency, but a senior government official tipped that was not going to happen.

Barrow had put a tight lid over his cabinet picks after criticism spiked over Tambajang’s age. Tambajang, 67, a former UN worker has been cleared by an oversight committee vetting government officials after submitting documents.

Gambia’s constitution caps the age for presidency and vice presidency at 65.

Political activists who campaigned against former President Yahya Jammeh’s dictatorship say the vacancy at the office of the vice president is a dangerous loophole that puts the Jammeh appointed Speaker of the National Assembly Abdoulie Bojang in line for the presidency in case of an emergency.

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