Gambia risks Jammeh return, as VP dies
APRC leader, Fabakary Tombong Jatta, will be the next president of The Gambia IF Barrow were to be incapacitated in the wake of the death of his vice president, Badara Joof.
The death was announced of the former vice president earlier today after months of intense speculation about his health.
According to the constitution of The Gambia, the president will be replaced by his deputy, but in the absence of the latter, the speaker of the National Assembly will take over the reins of power.
A government source who spoke on condition of anonymity, enunciated:
“These are dangerous times for the country. If anything befalls Barrow before a new vice president is appointed, Fabakary Tombong Jatta will be the new president potentially paving the way for Jammeh’s return. It’s sad we have a clueless president who doesn’t understand the ramifications of putting APRC officials in such important positions”.
Barrow came to power after defeat of long-time dictator Yahya Jammeh in 2016 elections. Jammeh went to exile in Equatorial Guinea, but members of his party such as Fabakary Tombong Jatta and Seedy Njie remain powerful in the government of his successor.