The wait is over. The Gambia’s Vice President Fatoumata Tambajang will take the oath of office on Thursday at the State House, bringing an end to country’s long controversy over President Adama Barrow’s choice for Veep.
Barrow will swear-in Tambajang, who will place her hand on the Holy Koran and make a pledge before God to defend the Constitution of small West African state, after 10 months of overseeing the vice presidency.
Just a year ago, Tambajang successfully led talks to unite a deeply divided opposition that backed Mr. Barrow to victory against former authoritarian ruler Yahya Jammeh.
President Barrow found himself facing resentment 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 Parliament in July voted to tomahawk the law creating the pathway for Tambajang’s swearing-in. She has already been sworn-in as Minister of Women’s Affairs in February, a portfolio that traditionally comes with the vice presidency.
Tambajang took major risk ahead of last year’s elections leading pro-opposition protests, the Kalama Revolution, against Jammeh’s regime for arresting now Foreign Minister Ousainou Darboe and other activists.
Her swearing in will be a fitting beginning of a new chapter for the vocal politician, who vowed that Gambia shall triumph and be free from Jammeh’s rule to become a nation where all citizens can exercise their rights freely without hindrance.