Gambia: Barrow nominates lawyer illegally jailed by Jammeh as speaker

Adama Barrow appoints first Gambian female lawyer to be called to the country’s bar and daughter of a former speaker Sir Alieu Jack as speaker of parliament. 

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President Adama Barrow appoints first Gambian female lawyer to be called to the bar as speaker

Gambia leader Adama Barrow has appointed an allege coup plotter who has been detained by country’s former dictator illegally for over 3 months as speaker of the National Assembly.

Mariam Denton takes oath on Tuesday morning replacing Yahya Jammeh’s chosen speaker Abdoulie Bojang whose term expired after country’s National Assembly elections.

“I will be impartial as expected and maintain the dignity of the office. I look forward to working with all sides of the Assembly and ensure that the welfare of the people is the priority” she told the house following her nominations.

Denton who has been appointed Speaker of the National Assembly of Gambia, was implicated in the 2006 coup attempt to oust Yahya Jammeh but was later released without charge.

A lawyer by profession, she had been detained in connection with the allege coup and was released without charge on 25 July 2006.

The prosecutor in her trial attempted to have her charged with concealment of treason.

She was a strong critic of Jammeh who is closely associated with main Gambian party, United Democratic Party.

Prior to her 2006 arrest, she was quoted in local newspapers saying she does not want to have anything to do with Jammeh.

The oath was administered by country’s chief justice Bubacarr Jallow.

Momodou Sanneh was appointed the deputy speaker of the house while Samba Jallow retains his position as the majority leader with 47 votes, winning a combined votes of all parties except APRC and GDC.

Kebba Barrow became the majority leader.

Other nominated members are Ma Janko Samusa, Kumba Jaiteh and Ndey Yassin Secka, a blind lady, and Mariam Secka. 

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