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Gambia gets first female governor

According to reliable sources she has replaced Lamin Sanneh as governor of West Coast Region with Sanneh redeployed to the Ministry of Lands and Regional Governments as a permanent secretary.

Confirming his appointment to The Standard last night, Sanneh said: “Yes, I can confirm my appointment as permanent secretary number 2 at the Ministry of Lands and Regional Governments. I thank the president for promoting me and entrusting me with this responsibility after serving as governor.

“It is a big responsibility and I can assure him and the people of The Gambia that I will endeavour even harder to discharge my responsibilities in serving the interest of the nation. I thank Allah, President Jammeh and all the people who have supported me in my work over the years. I have a strong desire to promote peace and stability in the communities and regions which is key for meaningful development as envisaged by the president in his development plans.” 

The new governor is widely regarded as the most popular woman politician in the region. A former worker at the Department of Community Development, she had served as lady councillor from 1996 to 2003 and from 2008 until her appointment yesterday. She was also a senior manager at the Kanifing Municipal Council.

She unsuccessfully attempted to contest for the Kombo Central parliamentary seat for the ruling APRC at the last general elections.

Political observers in Brikama said yesterday’s appointment will inevitably result in a major political windfall for the APRC in the region, especially Brikama, where the new governor has a groundswell of support. 

 

By Sainey Darboe

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