Sweep­ing re­forms for Gam­bia

Rule of law will be or­der of the day, new leader prom­ises

African Independent - - NEWS -

Jan­uary 26.

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

PIC­TURE: 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.

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