Barrow had named her his vice in January this year in the wake of beating longserving Yahya Jammeh in elections last December. Fatoumata’s appointment was, in any case, mirred in debate as the chosen one was said to have exceeded the age limit to hold the office.
Local media reports show that the important legitimate amendments were done with a specific end goal to appropriately enable her to occupy the post. The president portrayed her as ‘a lady with abundance of experience exceedingly required for rebuilding the New Gambia.’
Photos from the presidency showed Barrow handing her a legal document after which she is seen appending her signature to a register. Barrow himself took two oaths of office, first in Senegal where he was based at the heinght of the political crisis with Jammeh’s refusal to leave. The second was post-Jammeh, on a date that coincided with the country’s independence.
— President Barrow (@BarrowPresident) November 9, 2017
Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajang is a prominent pro-democracy activist was part of the opposition coalition that unseated Yahya Jammeh. She is touted as one of the main brains behind the formation of a coalition going into the December 1, 2016 polls.
The Gambia – Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang
Mrs Tambajang, who was a former United Nations Development Program (UNDP) gender/development expert also served as a cabinet minister in the government of Yahya Jammeh. She was Minister of Health, Social Welfare and Women’s Affairs.
She replaces Isatou Njie-Saidy – Jammeh’s deputy since 1997. Isatou resigned in early January at the height of the political uncertainty that gripped the tiny West African country. Jammeh citing irregularities in the polls had unilaterally cancelled the outcome of the election.
The regional political bloc, ECOWAS, mandate a mediation team led by Nigerian president Muhammadu Buhari, they met with Jammeh twice but failed to convince him to leave. It took a belated mediation by Guinea and Mauritania presidents to convince Jammeh to leave.
At the time, the United Nations had okayed a regional standby force to enter The Gambia and to force Jammeh out. He is currently living in Equatorial Guinea.