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Gambia's Barrow Reshuffles Cabinet

FILE - Gambia's Adama Barrow talks during an interview in Dakar, Senegal, Jan. 21, 2017.

Gambian President Adama Barrow shuffled his government Friday, moving the leader of his ruling party from the foreign ministry to the position of vice
president, according to a statement.

Gambia has seen a spate of protests in recent days as the country struggles to reduce debt and drive out corruption since Barrow defeated long-term incumbent Yahya Jammeh in an election in December 2016.

New Vice President Ousainu Darboe, leader of the United Democratic Party, swapped jobs with Fatoumata Jallow Tambajang, who was appointed foreign minister.

A spokeswoman for the president said Barrow did not give reasons for the reshuffle, which saw about a dozen ministers change jobs and a couple dismissed.

Since taking office over a year ago, Barrow's government has faced headwinds after inheriting a country with empty coffers and heavy debts. The debt stock of the tiny west African nation was about 130 percent of gross domestic product at the end of last year.

The reshuffle came a few days after Gambia's head of police resigned following the death of three protesters during clashes with the police on June 18.

Separately, human rights activists and artists took to the streets on June 24 under an umbrella organization called "Enough Is Enough" to protest what they said was a culture of increasing corruption and impunity in the country.