Momodou Lamin Sanneh, a one-time minority leader of the National Assembly and Member for Kiang West has been duly elected as Deputy Speaker of the Gambia’s National Assembly.

Hon Sanneh was among five members nominated by the President of the Republic in accordance with the Constitution of The Gambia. He took the oaths of office, allegiance and secrecy and promised to execute his duties without fear or favour.

He was among the then opposition United Democratic Party (UDP) executive arrested, prosecuted and jailed after staging a peaceful protest against the dead of late Solo Sandeng in the hands of former dreaded NIA agents of ex-President Yahya Jammeh.

Hon Sanneh will deputize Hon Mariam Denton, a legal practitioner who has also been duly elected as speaker of the National Assembly.

The Gambia went to the polls on April 6, 2017, to elect new Parliamentarians in which the home party of President Adama Barrow, the United Democratic Party (UDP) won the majority.