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‘Former VP declines appointment to foreign service’

Gambia’s former vice president Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang

The former vice president Fatoumatta Tambajang has declined an offer for an appointment to an unspecified position in foreign service, the presidency said on Wednesday.

The former vice president said she declined to serve in foreign service base on professional reasons, the director of press Amie Bojang said.

“President Barrow also accepted the resignation of the former vice president Fatoumatta Tambajang from the government and the offer to serve in the foreign service in a letter dated 4th of July,” she said.

It is not however clear the position she was offered. “I am not in a position to tell you which position was offered to her,” Bojang said.

Jallow, who has served as country’s vice president for one year six months, was relieved of her responsibilities last week along with three ministers.

The president advanced no reasons for her sacking but he said as he swore new people in her place that the country can no longer progress at a ‘snail pace’, suggesting it might have to do with inefficiency.

Her replacement Ousainou Darboe is the leader of the United Democratic Party, a controversial appointment that critics said was a betrayal of the coalition agenda.

Barrow came to power on the backing of seven political parties and an independent.

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