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PDOIS declines being party to crunch coalition talks


Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang told journalists on Monday that the President has blessed their ongoing talks at Kairaba and he is willing to meet with them

People Democratic Organisation for Independence and Socialism have contacted the conveners of the crunch coalition discussion being held at Kairaba Beach hotel to leave them out of their discussion.

All parties are being represented at the crunch talks which seeks to review the coalition agenda, according to organisers, but the PDOIS chose to stay away since it started on Saturday.

The coalition includes 7 political parties, one independent presidential candidate and two independent National Assembly members.

“Since 2017 the President has exercised executive authority without the oversight of a coalition. Cabinet composition has been determined without any reference to a coalition agreement. National Assembly and Council Elections have taken place in 2017 and 2018, respectively, without any consideration of a Coalition agreement,” said PDOIS in a statement on Monday.

“By 2018, parties have held their congresses and have taken major decisions regarding the shaping of the political dispensation of the country without any reference to a Coalition agreement. In this regard, the Bureau of the Central Committee of PDOIS considers it prudent to call on the convener to exclude PDOIS from the current conversation on matters relating to Coalition 2016. The Media is hereby informed that PDOIS is not part of the conversation and its leadership had already requested the convener not to include it in the conversation.”

The press statement was issued by Edi Jallow, the administrative secretary of the party. Meanwhile, the Coalition talks resumed on Monday with partners.

Fatoumatta Jallow Tambajang, the chair of the Coalition who is leading this current talks, said they will hold another meeting on Thursday to review the Coalition agenda after which they will hold a meeting with President Adama Barrow.

Barrow came to power on the backing of the Coalition with an agreement to serve a three-year transitional Government but the Gambian leader has since set that agenda aside.

He was quoted as saying several times that no one can force him out of office before 2021. Barrow also made several made interviews where he said he does not need any coalition partner to decide whether he will stay for 3 or 5 years.



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