By Lamin Njie

President Adama Barrow has doubled down on the sacking of nominated national assembly member Ya Kumba Jaiteh by naming her replacement.

President Barrow last week announced the termination of Ya Kumba Jaiteh who he handpicked to be member of the national assembly in 2017.

The move prompted debate over whether the president had the power to dismiss a member of the national assembly.

But State House of The Gambia said in a Facebook post on Monday President Barrow has nominated Foday Gassama to replace Ya Kumba Jaiteh. His nomination took effect on Monday, the presidency added.

Foday Gassama has served as a regional youth coordinator for the United Democratic Party but he has been finding life difficult in the party in recent times.

He is accused of being a member of the President Barrow Youths for National Development.