Mariama Diack Denton, a nominated National Assembly member and lawyer by profession has been elected as the new speaker of the Gambia’s National Assembly.

She was nominated by President Barrow and four others to the National Assembly after the April Parliamentary elections.

She took the oaths of office, allegiance and secrecy administered by the Chief Justice of the Gambia at the National Assembly.

Madam Denton takes over from Abdoulie Bojang whose’s mandate expired ahead of the Gambia’s parliamentary elections of April 6.

In an emotional acceptance speech, Speaker Denton thanked President Barrow for nominating her to the National Assembly. She also thanked National Assembly members for electing her as Speaker.

“I will do my best to live up to expectations. I shall at all times endeavor to uphold the provisions of the Constitution and the Standing Order of the National Assembly in the performance of my duties as Speaker. I will be impartial as expected and maintain the dignity of the office. I look forward to working with all sides of the Assembly and ensure that the welfare of the people is the priority” she concluded.

Mariam Jack Denton is Gambia’s first female lawyer. She was arrested and detained at mile two central prison shortly after the alleged coup by the then chief of The Gambia Armed Forces, Ndure Cham in March 2006.

Mariam’s dad, Sir Alieu S Jack was the first speaker of the legislative council/parliament from 1962-1972.