Gambia Gets Female Parliament Speaker

The Gambia's first female barrister was sworn in on Tuesday as National Assembly speaker, days after the African country's United Democratic Party (UDP) emerged from decades in opposition to win an absolute parliamentary majority.

Mariam Jack Denton, the first woman to be called to the Gambian Bar, thanked President Adama Barrow, who ousted longtime leader Yahya Jammeh following December elections.

"I am honoured by the confidence and trust that (Barrow) and members of the National Assembly have in me by respectively nominating and electing me," she said.

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