Yesterday, a list of new Gambian President Adama Barrow’s cabinet was released on Twitter. I believe it to be genuine, although there has been some uncertainty about whether Barrow’s account is really his or not. Here is the list:
- Ousainou Darboe, Minister of Foreign Affairs
- Hamat Bah, Minister of Tourism and Culture
- Omar Amadou Jallow, Minister of Agriculture
- Mai Ahmad Fatty, Minister of Interior
- Henry Gomez, Minister of Youth and Sports
- Lamin Dibba, Minister of Forestry, Environment and Natural Resources
- Isatou Touray, Minister of Trade, Regional Integration and Employment
- Amadou Sanneh, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs
- James Gomez, Minister of Fisheries, Water Resources and National Assembly Matters
Some of the names on the list will be familiar to readers of last week’s post on the people close to Barrow. Recall that Barrow was the candidate of a seven-party opposition coalition. Bah, Fatty, Jallow, Henry Gomez, and James Gomez are leaders of individual parties within that coalition, and one assumes that Halifa Sallah will remain spokesman. If my count is right, that means that each of the seven parties got a major post. And one party got more: Darboe, Dibba, and Sanneh, who were still political prisoners at the time of the December 1 presidential election, are long-time leaders within Barrow’s own United Democratic Party (UDP).
Touray was another opposition candidate for president, who withdrew in favor of Barrow.
In other words, Barrow has formed a cabinet that attempts to reward and preserve the coalition that brought him to power, while giving the UDP preeminence.
Relatedly, Niklas Hultin has “the five big questions facing the New Gambia’s new government.”