After months of serving as acting Vice President of The Gambia, the way has been cleared for Fatoumata Tambajang to be sworn-in.
The Gambia’s National Assembly on Tuesday unanimously voted to amend the upper age limit, a law that prevented senior citizens from seeking the presidency and veep posts.
President Adama Barrow nominated Ms. Tambajang to his vice president at the height of the logjam sparked by ex-President Yahya Jammeh’s refusal to step aside.
The Constitution was first amended in March to pave the way for Tambajang’s swearing-in but Barrow declined to sign after pro-democracy campaigners said the process was flawed.
MP Halifa Sallah (PDOIS- Serrekunda West) told Parliament on Tuesday that due process was followed and that the initial amendment was in compliance with the law.
Barrow had been under pressure to appoint a vice president with activists and some within his own party demanding that a veep is sworn-in.
Tambajang has been sworn-in as Minister of Women’s Affairs, a post that comes with the vice presidency and has been performing all veep duties on behalf of Barrow’s administration.
Annexing off the upper age limit has open the doors for more political participation from the country’s senior population, a move that would see older Gambians taking the center stage in one of Africa’s newest democracy.