Gambia Coalition Agreement

Given the sequential nature of the commitments, Darboe said the 2016 coalition agreement was essential for the parties and that there was no reason to fulfill or fail to fulfill the fourth and final condition that the coalition candidate in 2016 would be after the end of his three-year transition period. Asked how quickly you will go back to the polls, he said, ”That was the deal, we have a job to do to get there, we have to finish it before we go to the polls.” Ousainou Darboe, secretary general and chairman of the United Democratic Party (UDP), called on President Adama Barrow to remain loyal and respect the agreement of the 2016 coalition that established him in the 2016 presidential election. ”The UDP calls on all parties to the 2016 coalition agreement, in particular its main beneficiary, President Adama Barrow, to respect the terms of the 2016 coalition agreement and to keep its promise to Gambian voters that if elected, it will only serve for a three-year term and resign to monitor free presidential elections. fair and transparent. The June 2017 roundtable was held in Banjul and brought together coalition members in 2016 with experts from the management of the Kenyan, Nigeria and Zimbabwe coalitions. The aim of the workshop was to learn from the rich experience of other African countries in coalition agreements and socio-political crises. Following the workshop discussions, coalition members agreed to build bridges among all political parties in the country by holding regular IPC meetings and conducting a national dialogue for the maintenance of national peace and stability. ”If he is self-confident, let him step down and run for office. Our agreement with him is over, that he respects us,” he said. The coalition, a group of seven major civil society parties and groups, chose Adama Barrow as its candidate. Based on these initial steps, the HD then convened two roundtables on coalition leadership and cross-party dialogue in June and August 2017, respectively. In addition to the UDP, the other parties in the coalition were the Democratic People`s Organization for Independence and Socialism (GDOIS), the National Reconciliation Party (NRP), the National Moral Congress (GMC), the National Convention Party (NCP), the Progressive People`s Party (PPP) and the Gambian Party for Democracy and Progress (GPDP).

Independent candidate and anti-women activist Dr Isatou Touray and a civil society group led by Fatoumatta Tambajang also joined the coalition. [2] Mr. Darboe also stated that the promises made to voters by President Barrow were more important than the 2016 agreement. ”Jotna is doing three years for Barrow`s resignation, but we are asking UDP Barrow to remain loyal and respect the 2016 agreement, so the party`s attitude and Jotna`s three-year attitude are quite different.” The governing body of the coalition was the coalition`s board of directors, which was made up of the following members (sorted in alphabetical order): [3] ”So we discussed it at length with our flag bearer and, on the basis of the incompreosity of the reform agenda, we decided, as a coalition, to extend its social legitimacy from three to five years,” Tambajang said in September 2019. , after a meeting with what remains of the coalition. Ousainou Darboe, then leader of the opposition, was in prison.