Gambia Removes Age Limit For President And Vice President


Adama Barrow

The Gambia’s National Assembly Tuesday unanimously voted in favour of a government resolution removing the constitutional age limit for the offices of President and Vice President.

The bill which was introduced by the new coalition government, will pave the way for the appointment of Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang as the country’s vice president.

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

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

Since the national constitution was written in 1996, the age limit to run for the Gambian presidency has been capped at 65 years.

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