Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang

(JollofNews) – The newly appointment of Fatoumata Jallow-Tambang is over age and in breach of the   1997 constitution of the Gambia.

Ms Tambajang, 67, who played an important role in the  formation of the opposition coalition that defeated former President Yahya Jammeh in last month’s election, was rewarded with the top job on Monday by  the country’s new president, Adama Barrow.

She will be the principal assistant of Mr Barrow in the discharge of his executive functions and  other functions assigned to her.

But her appointment is in breach of section 62 (b), which bars anyone older than 65 from becoming president or vice president of the Gambia.

According to the above provision, a person can contest for the presidency or appointed vice president if they are – (a) he or she is a citizen of the Gambia by birth or descent, (b) he or she attained the minimum age of thirty years  but not more than sixty-five years; (c) he or she has been ordinarily resident in the Gambia for the five years immediately preceding the election.

Meanwhile, a legal expert who preferred anonymity, has told JollofNews that Ms Tambajang’s appointment is lawful.

“As you are currently aware, the constitution is suspended at the moment and parliament is due to meet tomorrow to end the state of emergency and effect some amendments to the constitution to guarantee the rights and freedoms of Gambians,” he said.