Gambia Government appoints first defense minister in over two decades

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EYEAFRICA TV: Banjul, THE GAMBIA: Sheikh Omar Faye is the first Gambian to be  appointed as Defense minister in more than two decades of former President Jammeh’s region and current President Adama Barrow’s governments.

On Thursday, President Barrow made a mini Cabinet reshuffle in which Mr Faye is appointed as the Defense Minister. The President also made some reshuffle appointing a new Secretary General, Interior minister among others.

Mr Faye, a seasoned diplomat who until his appointment was the Consul General in Jeddah is the first to hold such position without been  a president. He was a military officer before serving in various ministerial and ambassadorial posts in the former Jammeh regime.

President Adama Barrow and Sheikh Omar Faye

History has it that after the military coup in 1994, Edward Singhateh was the first AFPRC Defense minister and when they became civilian government, Jammeh took over the portfolio which he has been overseeing until his departure in 2016.

Meanwhile, Saihou Sabaly was the last Gambian Defence Minister in the civilian government of first President Sir Dawda Jawara.

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