Sweeping reforms for Gambia
Rule of law will be order of the day, new leader promises
The president promised that his cabinet would soon be named so that he could “get the ball rolling”, adding that he would receive the first comprehensive information about the state of the nation’s finances on Monday or Tuesday.
Jammeh has been accused by a Barrow aide of taking $11 million from state coffers before leaving for exile in Equatorial Guinea, and diplomats have said the country was already in a precarious financial state.
Barrow’s first cabinet pick, Vice-President Fatoumata JallowTambajang, has caused controversy as she is allegedly too old to serve, according to constitutional rules.
Asked about reform of Gambia’s army, whose poor reputation is partly responsible for the presence of 4 000 west African troops to guarantee Barrow and the population’s safety, the president said he expected foreign nations to provide help.
“If we need technical aid, we will contact countries that are willing to help us,” he said.
Controversial army chief Ousman Badjie would however keep his job. There was “no time set” for the west African force to leave, Barrow added. – AFP
VICTORIOUS: Gambia’s new president Adama Barrow waves to supporters as he leaves the airport in Banjul on January 26, after returning from Senegal. Barrow has promised sweeping reforms since taking over from Yahya Jammeh.