WOMAN VP: The new Gambia Vice President Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang

Fatoumata Tambajang has been appointed as the vice president of the Gambia.

Her appointment was announced on Monday by Halifa Sallah, the spokesperson of President Adama Barrow at a Press Conference held in Banjul.

Born in on October 22 1949 in Brikama, Tambajang played a great role in uniting opposition members to defeat the former dictator Yahya Jammeh in the December 2016 presidential election.

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She was a former adviser on women and children affairs to the first Gambian President, Sir Dawda Kairaba Jawara and was awarded Gambia’s highest national citizen award by him. She also has chaired the Gambia National Women’s Council.

Jammeh had refused to step down for Barrow who defeated him in the presidential election, ending his 22-years reign.

Following his refusal and heightened tension, the African Union and the ECOWAS mobilised to force him out of office.

He finally left the country on Saturday, January 21, with President Alpha Conde of Guinea, to begin a new life in exile.