The Gambian leader President Adama Barrow has announced he would launch his own political party in 2020. Barrow made the announcement at a meeting in Banjul, marking the end of his meet-the-people tour.
“Having trekked the length and breadth of the country to engage with the people, I have decided to register my political party to contest Presidential election,” said Barrow.
“The message from Barra to Wuli, Koina to Banjul had been clear: the development works my government has been spearheading are greatly appreciated by the people of The Gambia. I therefore respond to their calls to run for office.”
Barrow came to power on the backing of 7 political parties including 3 independent candidates. He defeated former President Yahya Jammeh, a dictator who ruled Gambia with an iron fist for 22 years.
However, barely a year into the coalition Government, the Gambian leader began having problems with his partners. About 3 years on, the coalition collapsed.
Meanwhile, Barrow has agreed to serve a 3-year transitional government and resign to organize an election in which he would not contest.
However, the Gambian leader has failed to honour that promise, arguing that his fate would be decided by the people.
Two key coalition partners, United Democratic Party and Peoples’ Democratic Party for Independence and Socialism, have urged Barrow to honour his agreement with the coalition.
However, majority of the coalition stakeholders, though largely smaller Gambian parties, are with the President in violation of his agreement.