Gambia has recorded 498 cases of COVID-19 among the are three cabinet ministers in the country who recently tested positive for the virus.
On Sunday, the presidency disclosed in a statement without giving further details that finance minister Mambureh Njie, energy minister Fafa Sanyang and agriculture minister Amie Fabureh have also been infected by the virus.
President Adama Barrow is in self isolation for the next two weeks, the presidency said last week, after Vice President Isatou Touray tested positive in a further sign the virus is ripping through the corridors of power.
The West African country has the lowest confirmed cases in the region with a total of nine fatalities.
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Bah Ndaw Sworn In As Mali’s Transitional President Following Coup
Mali’s new interim president Bah Nda`w has been sworn into office today, Friday at a ceremony in the nation`s capital, Bamako. The former defence minister and retired army colonel was picked by coup leader, Colonel Assimi Goita, to head a transitional government until elections are held. Colonel Assimi Goita, will serve as deputy president.
Nda`w said, in his inauguration speech, that he will end militant insurgency in the country’s north and stop organized crime.
The military junta in Mali took over power and forced Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta out of office five weeks ago. ECOWAS leaders have overseen negotiations for a return to democracy. The appointment of a civilian president was a condition for the west African regional group, ECOWAS, to lift the sanctions it earlier imposed after the coup.
Mali leaders are hoping ECOWAS will lift sanctions on the country after the inauguration. The new government is expected to be in office for a transition period of 18 months that will lead to an election.
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