Halifa Sallah, MP for Serrekunda (PDOIS) has backed President Adama Barrow’s administration’s effort to amend a discriminatory clause in The Gambia’s constitution barring senior citizens from becoming president and vice president.
The upper age limit prevented the swearing-in of Barrow’s vice presidential nominee, Fatoumata Tambajang amid concerns that due process was not followed.
The upper age limit was amended by the Jammeh-backed Parliament following Barrow’s inauguration but the new Gambian leader declined to sign the amendment into law in response to concerns raised by pro-democracy campaigners.
Sallah, a former senior advisor to President Barrow on governance during a sitting of parliament on Tuesday said the process by Parliament in March was not out of compliance.
Sallah’s support has added credibility to the process and paved the way for National Assembly Members to unanimously passed the amendment to the upper age limit for the second time.
Mr. Sallah was the spokesperson for Barrow’s unity government and led coalition talks that saw Barrow’s being backed by seven opposition groups and an independent candidate.
The new amendment will bring an end to the state’s running of affairs without a vice president and a National Security Council to address security threats the country is facing.