Gambia: 11 ministerial positions filled, 7 others remaining

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The spokesperson of Gambia’s new President Adama Barrow on Tuesday confirmed the appointment of eleven Ministerial positions in the new Cabinet who will be sworn-in tomorrow, Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.

He also announced that seven other ministerial positions are yet to be unfilled as the appointment would be determine base on their competence, determination and qualification, saying the president has started work on some recommended people.

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Halifa Sallah, spokesperson of the coalition government on behalf of President Barrow told a Press Conference that they have already written to the eleven people to take up cabinet appointments.

“They have received their letters but they are not yet ministers until they are sworn-in,” he pointed out. I’m inviting you all to attend the swearing in ceremony tomorrow” Sallah said.

He said the eleven Cabinet positions to be sworn-in on Wednesday comprises of the Ministries of Finance, Foreign Affairs, Interior, Attorney General, Youths and Sports, Tourism, Agriculture, Local Government, Trade and Forestry and Environment while the remaining 7 positions would be determine on a later date.

Sallah explained clarified that any person with dual citizenship cannot be appointed as minister in The Gambia. He also clarified that people who where imprison cannot be appointed to the Cabinet but those pardon can be appointed.

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Meanwhile, the names of the eleven Cabinet Ministers will be announced tomorrow, Wednesday, February 1st, 2017.

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