Halifa Sallah declines cabinet position in Barrow administration

Halifa Sallah declines cabinet position in Barrow administration

Adama Barrow has never held a public office, but it seems that hasn’t shaken his confidence that he will make a better president than Yahya Jammeh.

However, some of his close aides are not comfortable with working in his administration. Among them is renowned politician and leader of the People's Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism (PDOIS), Hon. Halifa Sallah.

Reliable information reaching What’s On-Gambia revealed that he wants to take a backseat.


What could be the reasons why Halifa in not interested in continuing the journey with Barrow and other members of the coalition government?

A prominent journalist in The Gambia told What’s On-Gambia: “Correct me if I'm wrong but analytically, I think he wants to maintain a clean bill of health ahead of the next presidential election.”

But a source close to the former national assembly member insisted it’s more than that. According to him, the PDOIS leader’s relationship with Barrow started crumbling shortly after Lawyer Darboe’s release from prison.

“There are claims that Halifa was considered for the position of Vice President, but Barrow later changed his mind following a meeting with Darboe and other UDP executive members. Instead, the position was given to Fatoumatta Tambajang, who was earlier offered the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.”

The source added: “Halifa and Darboe don’t see eye to eye on so many political issues.”

According to him, the PDOIS leader was not also happy with the distribution of ministerial positions. So far, UDP and their trusted allies are manning all the important ministries such as foreign affairs, finance and economic affairs, interior and local government and lands.

Halifa Sallah still remains the coalition’s spokesperson – a position he will likely relinquish in the coming days.  



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